IRISH Autism Action Patron Keith Duffy of Boyzone and Coronation Street fame donned the Offaly jersey to encourage people to sign up for the Offaly GAA Tullamore Summer 10K fun run on Saturday, August 13 starting from O’Connor Park, Tullamore at 12 noon.
On Wednesday last, County Board Chairperson Pat Teehan met with Irish Autism Action Patron Keith Duffy. Keith told Pat how delighted he was that Offaly GAA had chosen Irish Autism Action to be a benefactor from the fun run, and he remarked how nice it was that Offaly GAA had chosen two very worthy charities to receive donations as IMNDA Irish Motor Neuron will also benefit.
Keith also said, “As you know I am patron of the charity and I got involved because my little girl Mia has autism. I am glad to say that Mia because she got the right intervention through the help of Irish Autism Action and is now in a mainstream school with children of her own age. I want to make sure that as many children as possible get the same chance.With your support every €1,000 raised will take a child off a waiting list for diagnosis so every cent counts.”
Keith Duffy will not be in the country in August and sadly for that reason he will not be able to take part, but he encourages everybody to come out on the day and run, jog or walk the 10K and make the difference for Offaly GAA and the two charities.
The 10K fun run or race is AAI approved and measured by Tullamore Harriers. The course starts and finishes in O’Connor Park and the course is a nice flat 10K which will be suitable for all runners, joggers and walkers at all levels. The course will be announced very soon, and will be available on the website to view.
Clubs too should promote the event as it is an opportunity for clubs or organisations to fund-raise themselves through sponsorship cards, and there is a prize of a set of jerseys for the winning club.
With 43 GAA clubs in Offaly, it is hoped that there will be a very big turn out on the day.
There are individual prizes for men and women for first second and third. First prize for both men and women is €125, Second prize is €75 and third prize is €50. All competitors will be chip tagged and will receive refreshments afterwards. There will be facilities for car parking, showers and toilets.
Entry fee on line is €20 through www.offalygaa.ie or late entry of €25 on the day from 10am. For more information contact Colm Mc Cabe on 087-2700349 or Niall Murphy at 085-8005098 or your local GAA Club.