Hundreds of people are preparing to participate in the Emma Dooley Foundation 10km run and 5km run/walk in Ferbane on Saturday 15 June to raise money for the Strange Boat Donor Foundation and the great work of the National Rehabilitation Hospital.
The Emma Dooley Foundation, which was established last September following the untimely death of 30 year old Emma Dooley in a road collison, has already raised over €20,000 thanks to the support and efforts of many people in Offaly and their participation in walks and runs across the country over the past eleven months.
Speaking at the launch of the 15 June 10km Run/5km Run/Walk, which will be the culmination of ten months of activity, Emma Dooley’s husband Greg spoke about the strength and comfort that he and Emma’s family had received by knowing that the donation of her organs had made a difference to the lives of other families.
“Though very difficult to understand when someone as kind and loving as Emma is taken in the prime of her life, through organ donation, Emma’s family and I have been comforted in the knowledge that the life of love she lived did not end in June last year. Her love continues to flow through the continuing lives of organ recipients,” he said.
“Throughout those early hours and days of confusion and overwhelming grief, I was supported, guided and consoled by the Organ Donor team from Beaumont Hospital, the staff at Tullamore General Hospital and Martina Goggin, Strange Boat Donor Foundation, who lost her son in a tragic car accident.”
Greg Dooley said the seeds of the decision to establish the Emma Dooley Foundation and to link it to the Strange Boat Donor Foundation as a means of fundraising and raising awareness of the value and absolute need for Organ Donation were sown in those early days.
“I hope that our efforts will go some way towards increasing organ donation in this country,” he added.
Mr. Dooley said he wanted to thank sincerely the generosity of his sponsors who included: Anne Marie Wright Ferbane Pharmacy (main sponsor); ESBI, AIB, Brosna Press, Londis, Centra, Gleeson’s Bar, Keith Harte Transport, Joe Wynne Transport, Noel Feighery Truck Repairs Cloghan, Hugo Loonam Motors, Arrabawn, SteriPack and Doorsets Ireland. I finally want to thank a group that came together to help put the wheels in motion last Autumn, Declan McAree, Brian Lally, Clodagh Sullivan, Benny Lally, Padraig Boland and my father Eamon Dooley.
Launching the 10km Run/5km Run/Walk Michael Duignan encouraged people from across Offaly to join in the event on 15 June in Ferbane, which he said was for an important cause. He praised the wonderful work of the staff at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire and the importance of that work in the lives of many Offaly people. “We all know people whose lives were affected as a result of serious accidents but through the specialist care, encouragement and intense support of the National Rehabilitation Centre were given the courage and strength to overcome what were unimaginable challenges in their lives,” said Mr. Duignan.
Saturday, June 15 is about the coming together of hundreds of people to make a difference in the lives of so many others. Preparations for the 5km run/walk and 10km run are underway with John Mollen and Ferbane Gym Monday and Wednesday nights between now and the 15 June.
Details and registration for the race on the 15th June are on www.emmadooley.net or through www.runireland.com