Ciaran Carr 5k Fun Run launched by TV star Brian
By Maurice Garvey
TELEVISION star and Clondalkin native Brian Ormond launched the Ciarán Carr Foundation 5K Family Fun Run / Walk this week at The Laurels.
The annual event takes place on October 2 in Corkagh Park, and will see all proceeds donated to Clondalkin Helping Homeless (CHH).
The volunteer group provide assistance on a nightly basis to those affected by the housing and homelessness crisis.
In early 2012, just two months shy of his 21st birthday, Ciarán Carr collapsed while training with Round Towers senior football team – his death attributed to Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS).
He had already booked his 21st birthday party and family and friends ensured the night went ahead – raising €24,000 for the CRY Foundation in Tallaght Hospital.
Ciarán’s parents Gemma and Philip, with help from the community, set up the foundation to ensure the tragic incident never happened again in Round Towers.
Two previous events have raised funds to place defibrillators in every school in the wider Clondalkin area and in publicly accessible locations in the community.
Gemma welcomed the opportunity to help those in need: “We have always looked to tackle issues that are at the forefront of peoples’ minds. The homeless crisis today has brought families, couples and individuals to their knees.
“This winter, by teaming up with CHH, we want to ensure that nobody goes without food, warm clothing and more importantly a helping hand.”
Independent councillor Francis Timmons, CHH founder, said: “This is an opportunity for the whole community to send a message that it isn’t okay for adults and children to be left without a home or even adequate provision.
“As a community we show solidarity and a practical response to the needs of those that come to us for help.”
The 5K Family Fun Run / Walk will take place on October 2, at 12 noon, in Corkagh Park.
All ages are welcome with adult entry €10 and free for under 16s.
To register, visit the Ciarán Carr Foundation on Facebook or log on to www.iRegister.ie and search Ciarán Carr Foundation 5K.