People might think Castlebar man Brian McCaffrey is a little tutti frutti when they see him sprinting around Clontarf, Dublin, in his blue suede shoes next weekend, but it is all for a very good cause.
The Google employee is donning a sparkling white, sequined, Elvis suit to run 13.1 miles in the Clontarf Half Marathon on November 29 in aid of Mayo Cancer Support.
“I was supposed to go to Las Vegas on a work trip and I was planning on running the half marathon there as part of a world record attempt for the most running Elvises,’” explained Mr McCaffrey.
“The trip to Vegas didn’t happen so I decided to run in Clontarf next weekend instead and wear the Elvis suit to keep it interesting!”
Mr McCaffrey’s fundraising efforts are going very well so far and he has already collected more than €1,400 from generous supporters.
What is more, his employers at Google have a philanthropic initiative in place for their employees, which sees any charitable funds they raise matched by the search engine giant, meaning Mayo Cancer Support is set to benefit from double the amount of money he actually raises.
“That will make a huge difference so I am looking for lots of support,” said Mr McCaffrey.
The advertising sales executive decided to do his Elvis run because he has seen first hand the incredible work of Mayo Cancer Support after a close family member availed of its services.
“It is an incredible organisation that provides help support and encouragement to people battling cancer,” he said. “I’ve seen first hand the difference this can make.”
To support Brian’s Elvis run, visit www.mycharity.ie and search for Brian McCaffrey.