Ireland West Airport 'is delighted to announce that the Childhood Cancer Foundation, The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust and Sensational Kids Charity, have been selected by airport staff as its charity partners for 2022'.
Ireland West Airport stated: "Following the onset of Covid-19 in 2020 and the subsequent impact on the airport and indeed every day life, the airport was forced to suspend its annual charity programme in 2020 and 2021 and cancel its hugely popular annual runway run.
"With the removal of Covid-related restrictions, the airport is delighted to once again be partnering with three brilliant charities for the coming year. A number of events will take place during the course of 2022 which will engage passengers and staff with the aim of raising as much money as possible for the three charities.
"The headline event for 2022 will be the return of the annual 5k runway fun run sponsored by Portwest, which will take place on the runway at Ireland West Airport on Saturday September 10th at 5pm. Please note all existing online bookings which were made for the runway run planned to take place in 2020 are still valid – for queries please email [email protected]
"Runners and walkers will take-off down the runway at 5pm 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 for our three charities in 2022. This year will be the first year the runway run takes place on the newly resurfaced runway.
"Entry to the event costs €20 per adult and €5 for under-16’s. A special family rate of €40 will be available for families of 2 adults and 2 kids. 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 To mark the special event, all participants who register online to take part will be entered into a draw to win two return flights to Majorca and Cologne with Ryanair.
"The number of participants is restricted and those interested are advised to register early to avoid disappointment. For the first time this year, a 'Virtual option' will also be available for those who wish to support the three charities but are unable to make it on the day and would like to do a virtual run or walk etc."
Re-launching the charities of the year programme for 2022 and the annual runway fun run, Joe Gilmore, Managing Director, Ireland West Airport said: "After a tough period over the last two years for both the airport and indeed charities around the country, we are delighted to be relaunching our annual charity programme and partnering with three great charities in 2022.
"Our Staff Charity programme has to date raised almost €150,000 for Irish charities and we hope this year will again see much needed funds raised for the three new charities, who all undertake such fantastic work in our communities. The return of our hugely popular runway run for the first time since 2019, which will take place on our newly resurfaced runway, we hope will be more popular than ever as normality returns to everyday life."