Sign up for Ireland West Airport’s annual 5k fundraiser

Pictured at the launch of the 5K runway fun run sponsored by Portwest at Ireland West Airport  were: Sarah Joyce, CMRF Crumlin; Joe Gilmore, Ireland West Airport; Ellen Black, Kiltimagh; Adrian Doherty, Down Syndrome Ireland with his son Louis, aged 18 Month; and Martina Jennings, Mayo Roscommon Hospice. Photo: Keith Heneghan

Pictured at the launch of the 5K runway fun run sponsored by Portwest at Ireland West Airport were: Sarah Joyce, CMRF Crumlin; Joe Gilmore, Ireland West Airport; Ellen Black, Kiltimagh; Adrian Doherty, Down Syndrome Ireland with his son Louis, aged 18 Month; and Martina Jennings, Mayo Roscommon Hospice. Photo: Keith Heneghan

Ireland West Airport has announced that Mayo & Roscommon Hospice Foundation, Down Syndrome Ireland and the Children’s Medical Research Foundation Crumlin have been selected as its charity partners for 2018.

A number of events will take place during the course of 2018 which will engage passengers and staff with the aim of raising as much money as possible for the three charities. The headline event for 2018 will again be the annual charity 5k runway fun/run, which will take place on the runway at Ireland West Airport on Saturday, May 26, at 7pm.

The airport is delighted to welcome local Mayo business, Portwest as the new headline sponsor for this years event. Entry to the event costs €20 per adult and €5 for U16s. A special family rate of €40 will be available for families of two adults and two children.

Joe Gilmore, managing director at Ireland West Airport, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with three great new charities in 2018. The fantastic work that these charities all undertake really does make such a difference to the people that they support in our community. We look forward to supporting them through fundraising initiatives over the coming year and in particular our popular runway run event which promises to be a great event for all the family.”

Martina Jennings, CEO at Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation, said: “All funds raised income goes directly towards our palliative care service and to the building of our hospices. As we receive no government funding we are solely dependent on the generosity of companies and the public across both counties to continue to provide this vital service. We look forward to working with the staff and management of Ireland West Airport in 2018 and are so excited to be part of their fundraising programme.”

Sarah Joyce, head of corporate partnerships with CMRF Crumlin, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be chosen by the staff of Ireland West Airport as one of their chosen charities for 2018. Their support is vital to the incredible work being carried out at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin and the National Children’s Research Centre. And with over 4,000 families travelling from Connaught to the outpatients’ department every year, CMRF Crumlin is right at the heart of thousands of families in the west of Ireland.”

Gary Owens, CEO of Down Syndrome Ireland, commented: “We are so grateful to the management and staff at Ireland West Airport for choosing us as one of their charity partners for 2018. Your funds will be very wisely spent on the development of a new Regional Centre in Swinford, County Mayo. We need to raise over €1.5m this year and we have to raise 85 per cent of these funds ourselves, so the money that is raised by the team in Ireland West Airport is really important so that we can implement our ambitious plan.”

All are welcome to attend what promises to be fantastic evening for all the family.

Participants can sign up and find more information by visiting www.irelandwestairport.com/runwayrun

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