Santa Dash for Simon to take place December 19

Midlands Simon Community, in partnership with Athlone Institute of Technology and local Paralympic double gold medallist Mark Rohan, are delighted to announce that the second annual Santa Dash will take place on Wednesday December 19 at 7pm at AIT. This one-mile event is an excellent way for people across the Midlands to show solidarity with some of the most vulnerable in our society this Christmas.

Entry for the event is just €15 and people are being asked to register early to guarantee a free Santa suit! Santa suits will be provided for participants of the race, first come first served. To register contact (087 ) 9925083 or [email protected], or go to php?id=272.

The event is fun and festive and is open to anyone who can run, walk, jog, or crawl the one-mile course. AIT are also making their excellent facilities available, and refreshments will be available afterwards.

Speaking at the launch of the event, Mark Rohan said “I am delighted to be here to lend my support to this terrific festive initiative in aid of Midlands Simon. I would encourage anyone interested in participating to turn up on December 19 to support a great local cause.”

Gordon Brett, sports and recreation manager at AIT, said “Athlone Institute of Technology was honoured to be able to support Midlands Simon Community during National Homelessness Week. AIT is frequently an agent of change in the Midlands, enabling people to fulfil their full potential and improve the quality of their lives. We are delighted to make our facilities available for a truly worthwhile cause.”

CEO of Midlands Simon, Tony O’Riordan, said “This is a fantastic opportunity for people to show solidarity with some of the most vulnerable and marginalised people in our community this Christmas. I would like to sincerely thank Gordon Brett at AIT, Mark Rohan, the Simon Society at AIT, and all our supporters and volunteers for their fantastic support with this initiative. Without this type of support, and the goodwill and generosity of the wider community we simply could not survive.

“It is wonderful to see that the true meaning and spirit of Christmas is alive and well especially in these very difficult times. It goes to show what can be achieved by working together.”

For more information, or to register or for sponsorship cards, please contact Cormac P Lally on (087 ) 9925083 or [email protected]. All are welcome.


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