Birr’s Darren Hanniffy to run New York City marathon

Birr native, Darren Hanniffy is running the New York City Marathon for GOAL on November 4.

Birr native, Darren Hanniffy is running the New York City Marathon for GOAL on November 4.

He has been training hard for it in recent weeks and he is raising money to support GOAL’s response to the refugee crisis in South Sudan. It will be Darren’s third time running a marathon.

Darren is running the marathon to raise money towards GOAL’s response to a serious refugee crisis in South Sudan. This is a major emergency that is not receiving anything like the kind of international attention that it should be.

GOAL is providing critical aid to thousands of refugees in the country’s Upper Nile State, who have been forced to flee their homes to the north because of conflict.

They are caring for some of the most vulnerable people at a number of camps and nearby towns, but the situation is becoming more and more serious as rains and floods are making the delivery of aid into the region extremely difficult.

Darren is a chartered engineer who has worked for GOAL since 1998. An accomplished sportsman, he won a coveted All-Ireland hurling medal with Offaly in 1998.

Darren has worked as a GOALie in a number of developing countries, including Honduras, Afghanistan, Uganda, Kenya, Haiti and most recently in South Sudan.

When a massive earthquake struck Haiti in January 2010, Darren immediately left his post as GOAL Country Director in Honduras, and travelled to the Haiti capital of Port-au-Prince, arriving on the day after the earthquake struck.

He took charge of organising, planning and co-ordinating GOAL’s emergency response in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake, and was GOAL’s Country Director of Haiti for the following year.

Darren left Haiti in March 2011 and has joined the senior management team in GOAL’s head office in Dublin, where he is now based.

Darren’s My Charity page can be found by going to www.mycharity.ie and typing Darren’s name into the search engine. (The link is http://www.mycharity.ie/event/darren_hanniffys_event/).

People can also learn more about the South Sudan refugee crisis by visiting the GOAL website at www.goal.ie