ublin footballer Jack McCaffrey and Irish rugby star, Jamie Heaslip launch the 2017 GOAL Miles at Irishtown Stadium, Dublin, with the help of Saoirse Moore (5)
Offaly comedian and broadcaster, Neil Delamere is encouraging young and old people right across Offaly to get out and take part in one of four GOAL Miles taking place across the county this Christmas and New Year period.
The Miles will once again offer people an opportunity to exercise, have fun and help raise money and awareness for some of GOAL’s most vital programmes in the developing world.
Now in its 36th year, the GOAL Miles regularly attract tens of thousands of participants each year. People run, jog or walk a Mile in villages, towns and cities the length and breadth of Ireland.
More than 130 Miles will be held across the country over the festive period, confirming the ever-growing popularity of the event.
Neil Delamere is particularly encouraging families to make sure that children take part in their local event.
“Anyone, no matter their age or fitness level, can take part in a GOAL Mile, but the individual events become very special when lots of children participate,” he said.
"Not only are young boys and girls exercising and having fun, but they are also learning about - and helping - children in other parts of the world who may be suffering because of hunger, disease or conflict.”
The organiser of the Mile at Emmet Square in Birr, Emma Nee Haslam, said: “I want to encourage everyone in the region to come out and join in the GOAL Mile fun over Christmas. Whether you are young or old, and no matter your level of fitness, it’s a great way to get some exercise over the festive season and help raise some money for GOAL’s programmes overseas."
"You can run, jog or walk the Mile – the choice is up to you. There is no need to register, just turn up on the day and donate what you can.”
GOAL General Manager, Celine Fitzgerald, says the GOAL Miles have become annual social occasions is communities the length and breadth of the country at this time of the year.
“The GOAL Mile has gone from strength to strength every year since its inception in 1982,” she said. “Over the past three-and-a-half decades, it has become an integral part of Christmas for thousands of families."
“We are grateful to everyone who helps make the GOAL Mile such a popular event, and we are particularly thankful to the local organisers, who give up so much of their time to ensure each event is successful as possible. Thanks to them, and to everyone who takes part, GOAL is able to highlight, and support, some of the most vulnerable communities in the world,” she added.
Miles will be held at four locations in Offaly this year: at Emmet Square, Birr, on Christmas Day at 1pm; at Derry Rovers AFC on Christmas Day from 11am-1pm; at Tullamore Harriers Running Grounds on Christmas Day from 10am-12pm; and in Banagher on Christmas Day at 12pm.
To find a GOAL Mile near you, please visit www.goalglobal.org.
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