RTE sports presenter, Jacqui Hurley, alongside model and TV presenter Daniella Moyles, joined the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Naoise Ó Muirí at the Mansion House to encourage women to sign up to take part in this year’s Flora Women’s Mini Marathon in aid of CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young). The charity hopes to double its numbers this year and raise €250,000 to support the free screening service the charity provides to diagnose heart conditions that can lead to Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD).
This year CRY has launched a new Facebook page called CRY Dublin Mini Marathon (www.facebook.com/CryDublinMiniMarathon<http://www.facebook.com/CryDublinMiniMarathon> ), which will support and encourage all those undertaking the marathon in aid of CRY. Darren, Simon and Louise from Fitlinks Fitness will supply fitness tips, advice, articles and couch to 10k fitness plans regularly on the Facebook page.
Jacqui Hurley has been a strong supporter and patron of CRY for a number of years and last year undertook Sean’s Bucket List in memory of her brother Sean, raising huge funds for CRY and the Young Rider Development Fund. During the year she ran a number of marathons, held a charity Who Wants to Be a Thousandaire with her RTE colleagues, ran a shop and took over a pub among other things in order to fulfil Sean’s list.
Commenting at the photocall Jacqui said, “As a patron of CRY I would like to encourage women all over the country to get involved in supporting CRY at this year’s Mini Marathon. Working in sport I have seen the results of cardiac risk in young people that has gone undiagnosed and unfortunately resulted in untimely deaths. CRY is an excellent charity that works hard to ensure that these deaths are avoided by providing free cardiac screening for anyone with worrying symptoms as well as support for family members who have lost someone to Sudden Cardiac Death. This is the charity’s biggest annual fundraiser and without any government funding they rely on the public’s support to keep the service going in the CRYP Centre in Tallaght Hospital.”
Daniella Moyles has come on board for the 2013 marathon as an ambassador for CRY committing to run this year’s Mini Marathon in support of the charity. She said, “I’m really excited about getting involved with CRY. I’ve just starting my training programme this week and hope to run the marathon in a decent time! I will be logging on to the Facebook page for tips on how to build up my routine to reach 10k. Hopefully I can encourage more people to get involved and run it with me as it is such a worthy cause.”
Lord Mayor Naoise Ó Muirí chose CRY as one of his nominated charities for his term in office pledging to assist CRY in fundraising. He is lending his support to their cause but unfortunately cannot participate in the all female marathon in June!
The entries for this year’s Flora Women’s Mini Marathon will open on 18th February. The charity hopes to attract up to 1,200 women of all ages to run or walk the 10k with the aim of raising €250,000 to support the charity’s ongoing work.
All participants must enter on the official entry form. Those who have entered and would like to run for CRY can call Lucia on 01-4525482 or email firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com> to receive their sponsorship pack.
CRY is an Irish registered charity, which was founded in 2002. Funds raised are used by the charity to support families who have lost a relative to sudden cardiac death (SCD), to raise awareness of the conditions that cause SCD, and to fund the activities of the Centre for Cardiac Risk in Younger Persons (CRYP) in Tallaght Hospital. This Centre provides comprehensive cardiac evaluation of those who may be at risk from SCD either because of family history or worrying symptoms. The service is available to anyone in the country (via GP referral) and is free to patient. The Centre receives no direct Government funding.