CAROLINE Morahan and David McSavage got geared up to encourage new and experienced triathletes to sign up and start training for this year’s Focus Ireland Fundraising Triathlon. The event aims to raise over €100,000 in vital funds to help the charity continue its work to combat and prevent homelessness in Ireland.
This year is the seventh annual Focus Ireland Triathlon which takes place on Dún Laoghaire Harbour on Dublin’s Southside on Sunday, July 31. The event has raised over €490,000 since it was first held back in 2005. The €100,000 Focus Ireland hopes to raise through the event this year is urgently needed to fund its work supporting over 5,500 people through its homeless services each year.
Focus Ireland Celebrity Ambassador, Caroline Morahan, who has been supporting the charity for a number of years said, “Focus Ireland desperately needs to raise the vital funds through their Fundraising Triathlon to support the demand for their services across the country. There are many many people out there who have recently lost their job, have had their income reduced and have been struggling to pay their mortgage or rent.
“I have heard from Focus Ireland staff on the ground that many people at risk of losing their home are now coming to the charity for help and Focus Ireland has been doing fantastic work to prevent many of these individuals and families from becoming homeless. Without funding, Focus Ireland would not be in a position to provide this much needed support. Taking part in this triathlon is a fun and rewarding way to reach out a hand to help.”
The Focus Ireland Fundraising Triathlon can be completed by anyone over the age of 18, from first timers to experienced triathletes. The event consists of a 750m or 350m swim in Dún Laoghaire Harbour, a 20km cycle on closed roads and a 5km run along the East Pier. Teams of three can also take part in the event with one team member completing the swim, one the cycle and one the run.
Focus Ireland needs 500 people to take part this year. Race entry fee is €80 for an individual and €240 for a team of three. Focus Ireland will provide participants with a fundraising pack and online fundraising tools to help them raise whatever they can beyond the registration fee.
How much each person decides to fundraise is up to them, but a suggested amount is €150 per individual and €300 per team. Focus Ireland said that they are grateful for all sponsorship no matter how little or large and their events team will be on hand to help with fundraising.
The Focus Ireland Fundraising Triathlon is sponsored by Dublin’s Q102 and supported by Dún Laoghaire Harbour, DLR Council, DLR Sports Partnership, Dún Laoghaire Tourism and the Royal Marine Hotel in Dún Laoghaire.
Registration is now open on line at www.focusireland.ie