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on Monday, 04 March 2013. Posted in Charity Work
Bettystown man, Gerard Fay is about to undertake what he considers his biggest challenge to date and all in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland. The challenge will consist of completing 25 Marathons over a period of 10 Months and also a 50 Mile Run from Drogheda to Naas in April and a 65 Mile Run from Cavan to Drogheda (65 Roses Run) later in the year. All funds raised will be used for Equipment in the CF Day Care Facility in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital and also for Equipment in the other CF facilities throughout the country.
Gerard is no stranger to the Marathons and has completed 75 Marathons to date and has set the Dublin Marathon 2013 to reach the milestone of his 100th Marathon. He has also done numerous walks up and down the country all with the same idea, to raise Awareness of Cystic Fibrosis and to fundraise for those who need better facilities and services.
Gerard, who is Chairman of the North Eastern branch of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland achieved the first part of his goal by handing over €100,000 from his fundraising efforts and he has now set himself a target to personally raise a further €150,000 for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland before October 2013 when he plans to compete the 100th Marathon.
The Marathons this year will all be in Ireland.
Speaking about his fundraising Gerard said “When I stated doing these marathons in 1998 there was only 2 Marathons in Ireland in Dublin and Belfast. Now there is one in most counties and some even have 2 or 3. The Walk to Naas came about as CF Ireland is celebrating 50 years this year and seemed appropriate to do 50 miles for 50 years in memory of all those who have lost their lives to CF but also as a celebration of the advances in treatments for those with CF and hopefully if I achieve my goals the fundraising can be used to improve their treatments and facilities even more
In conjunction with the Dublin Marathon he is hoping to get 100 People to run this marathon with him each raising a minimum of €100.00. People can also sponsor a mile for €10.00 or corporate donations are also accepted. All corporate donors will be listed on the Donors page of the website.
Gerard would also like to take those who have helped in this project in particular his Family, the members of Drogheda & District AC and Boyne AC, The Marathon Club of Ireland and Bootcamp Ireland. Without the training and encouragement I have received from these I would never have achieved what I have and would never have kept going. However the biggest motivations for this are those with Cystic Fibrosis. They are the real heroes.
To find out more on how to get involved, or to donate contact Gerard on (087) 2398881 after 6pm each night or visit www.mycharity.ie/event/marathon_mad_for_cf. Or his website www.seeoffcf.com. All donation are greatly appreciated no matter how big or small.
About Cystic Fibrosis Ireland
The Cystic Fibrosis Ireland is a voluntary charitable organisation set up in 1963 to increase knowledge and awareness of CF and to give advice and support to people with CF and their families. As well as fundraising towards dedicated CF units throughout the country, the CFAI also:-
• Funds Medical & Scientific Research
• Financially supports specialist CF multi-disciplinary posts in hospitals throughout Ireland
• Provides a home physiotherapy service to people with CF, providing a physiotherapy service to young children with CF and training in new breathing techniques
• Campaigns at political level for increased and improved services for people living with CF
Cystic Fibrosis Ireland
CF House, 24 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6
Tel: (01) 4962433; Fax (01) 496 2201; Email [email protected]; Web: www.cfireland.ie
What is Cystic Fibrosis?
Cystic Fibrosis – or CF is Ireland’s most common life threatening inherited disease. CF is a genetic disorder. It is not contagious, you are born with it. Approximately 1 in 19 people are carriers of the CF gene and when two carriers parent a child there is a 1 in 4 chance of the child being born with Cystic Fibrosis.
CF affects the glands, damaging many organs including the lungs, pancreas, digestive tract and reproductive system. It causes a thick sticky mucus to be produced, blocking the bronchial tubes and preventing the body's natural enzymes from digesting food.
Children born today with CF can expect to live a near normal, full and productive life, provided that the correct facilities are in place.
Ireland has the highest prevalence of Cystic Fibrosis in the World and Ireland has the most severe types of Cystic Fibrosis in the World. Despite this Ireland have the poorest resources for Cystic Fibrosis Patients in Europe.
In other countries CF in-patients are treated in single rooms, but this is not available for most CF patients in Ireland, as highlighted in the 2005 Pollock Report.