Ireland West Airport announces charity partners for the coming year

Photographed at the launch of the 5K Runway Fun Run at Ireland West Airport  were from left to right; Donal Healy (Ireland West Airport), Sarah Joyce (CMRF Crumlin) Ellen Black,  Adrian Doherty (Down Syndrome Ireland) with his son Louis, aged 18 months, Martina Jennings (Mayo Roscommon Hospice) and Henry Hughes (Portwest). Photo: Keith Heneghan

Photographed at the launch of the 5K Runway Fun Run at Ireland West Airport were from left to right; Donal Healy (Ireland West Airport), Sarah Joyce (CMRF Crumlin) Ellen Black, Adrian Doherty (Down Syndrome Ireland) with his son Louis, aged 18 months, Martina Jennings (Mayo Roscommon Hospice) and Henry Hughes (Portwest). Photo: Keith Heneghan

Ireland West Airport has announced that Mayo-Roscommon Hospice Foundation, Down Syndrome Ireland and the Chrildrens Medical Research Foundation Crumlin have been selected by airport staff as its charity partners for 2018.

Every year, airport staff members have an opportunity to nominate a charity partner for the following year. The three charities with the most nominations are then selected as the company’s new charity partners.

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.

Runners and walkers will take-off down the runway at 7pm and complete a 5km course with a difference. All are welcome to attend what promises to be fantastic evening for all the family, raising much needed funds our three charities in 2018.

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. All participants will receive a race t-shirt and complimentary car parking and refreshments at the airport will be provided on the day. Participants can sign up and find more information by visiting www.irelandwestairport.com/runwayrun The number of participants is restricted and those interested are advised to register early to avoid disappointment.

Launching the charities of the year programme and 2018 5km runway fun run Joe Gilmore, Managing Director, Ireland West Airport said the airport were delighted to partner up with these three charities for the coming year: "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.

"These are charities that resonate with many families in our region and we look forward to supporting them through fundraising initiatives over the coming year and in particular our popular runway run event which again promises to be a great event for all the family. We are also delighted to welcome local Mayo business Portwest as the headline sponsor for this years event."

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