ISPCC and LauraLynn named as official charity partners for the 2012 Dublin Marathon

Two of Ireland’s best known children’s charities were today announced as official charity partners of this year’s Dublin Marathon which will take place on Monday 29th October 2012.

Two of Ireland’s best known children’s charities were today announced as official charity partners of this year’s Dublin Marathon which will take place on Monday 29th October 2012.

LauraLynn - Ireland’s Children’s Hospice and the ISPCC have launched an appeal for runners, walkers and joggers across the country to take part in this year’s Dublin Marathon and raise money on behalf of their respective charities.

“We’re delighted to have selected both LauraLynn and the ISPCC as charity partners for this year’s Dublin Marathon. Both charities make huge efforts to help and protect vulnerable children and families in Ireland. Any financial support that the Dublin Marathon can generate for them will do so much for both charities”, said Jim Aughney, Dublin Marathon Race Director.

Jane and Brendan McKenna began fundraising for a children’s hospice in 2001 as a result of an enormous personal tragedy which saw them lose both of their precious daughters Laura and Lynn in the space of just two years. In 2007, they partnered with the Children’s Sushine Home to together make LauraLynn House a reality. LauraLynn provides hospice care for some of Ireland’s sickest children and provides families with somewhere to stay during the transition from hospital to home, a place to rest from time to time or a place where their child may spend the last few weeks or days of their life.

Philomena Dunne, CEO, LauraLynn said “We really are thrilled to be selected as one of the two charities for the 2012 Dublin Marathon. As LauraLynn is dependent on donations and fundraising efforts to maintain services, being involved in such a major event is of huge benefit. We can guarantee that every one of your kilometres will translate into vital funds for the sick children we care for and hopefully give runners the motivation they need to make this challenge a success”.

The ISPCC is the oldest children’s charity in Ireland and has a long proud history of service delivery and advocacy on behalf of children. The charity provides 24 hour directly accessible services for children and young people, including Childline and provides one to one support and mentoring for children and their parents.

Ashley Balbirine CEO of the ISPCC, said; ‘We are extremely honoured to have been selected as one of the beneficiary charity partners for the 2012 Dublin Marathon. With the support of the Dublin Marathon, we will continue to raise awareness and much-needed funds for our services. ISPCC is a child centred organisation that provides a range of independent and unique essential services. We receive less than 10% funding from Government, relying heavily on the generosity of the public. We seek to empower young people and hope to empower this year’s marathon participants to run in support of this very worthy cause.”

Last year’s Dublin Marathon generated millions for charities. Race participation numbers look set to follow the upward trend shown in recent years with entry figures for the end of July surpassing those at the same stage last year according to Race Director of the 2012 Dublin Marathon, Jim Aughney.

The 33rd annual Dublin Marathon will take place on Bank Holiday Monday, October 29th. For further information or to enter see www.dublinmarathon.ie

To join Team ISPCC log onto www.ispcc.ie

To join Team LauraLynn call 01 289 3151 or log onto www.sunshinehome.ie for further details.