Miriam O’Callaghan and visually impaired runner Sinead Kane were in attendance with event charity partner Cliona’s Foundation at the All Ireland Business Summit in Croke Park on the 6th of April 2017. An avid supporter of children’s charities and mother of eight Miriam has been the patron of Cliona’s Foundation for many years and is a devoted spokesperson.
Miriam and Sinead encouraged everyone to join Sinead who will be running for Cliona’s Foundation at the Barringtons Hospital Great Limerick Run on the 30th of April. Sinead who is an experienced runner wants to encourage as many people as possible to run with her and her guide runner John O’Regan who will be running the Great Limerick Run at a training pace of 4 hours to 4 hours and 30 minutes target.
Speaking about Cliona’s Foundation, Sinead said:
“Because I have been helped by so many people during my life I always try to give back to those that need support as much as I can. I really like the work that Cliona’s Foundation do and I want to help them raise awareness of the need, the support the foundation provide and in the process help raise funds to allow them continue their invaluable work”.
Sinead who has 5% vision took up running five years ago. In 2017 she ran in to the record books as she became the first visually-impaired athlete to complete the World Marathon Challenge – seven marathons on seven continents in seven days.
Sinead and her guide runner completed their first marathon at Union Glacier, Antarctica before running in Punta Arenas (Chile), Miami (USA), Madrid (Spain), Marrakech (Morocco) and Dubai (United Arab Emirates). Sinead came joint-first in her marathon in Asia and finished her last marathon in Sydney (Australia).
Cliona’s Foundation is a charitable organisation founded in 2007 providing financial assistance to families in Ireland who have children undergoing long-term medical treatment for critical illness. Funds are used to pay for the ‘hidden’ costs, including accommodation, food, petrol and other miscellaneous expenses incurred by families who must take sick children to hospitals or other medical facilities for frequent treatments. No other national charity in Ireland offers financial support for non-medical costs associated with the illness.
Will you go the extra mile for children with a life limiting illness? If interested in running for Cliona’s Foundation email firstname.lastname@example.org .