‘Ireland’s Fittest Family’ are encouraging the public to take part in the Irish Kidney Association’s ‘Run for a Life’ family fun run.

The event will take place at Corkagh Park, Clondalkin on Saturday, May 19.

The Beirne family, from Mohill, Co Leitrim, who won the hard-fought coveted title of Ireland’s Fittest Family in the RTE TV Series 2017, are eager to support the Fun Run, as it represents a cause close to their hearts, in aiming to raise awareness about the life saving importance of organ donation and transplantation.

The ‘Run for a Life’ family fun run is open to people of all ages and levels of fitness who can choose to walk, jog or run in the chip timed event, which offers prizes for winners in a choice of 2.5km, 5km and 10km distances.

The Beirne Family had no hesitation when asked by the Irish Kidney Association to support the fun run as a family friend and relative, Detta Holahan (58) has been undergoing eight-hour nightly dialysis treatment for almost three years.

Jonathan Beirne said: “My family were delighted to be asked to support Run for a Life.
“When we were younger, our mother who is a public schools’ nurse in Leitrim, gave each of us organ donor cards.

“She has always tried to instil in us the importance of consideration towards others.

“As a teacher, I try to live by this advice and I also try to teach my pupils to be socially aware and about the importance of consideration and trying to help others in need.

“We have been aware of Detta’s kidney disease for some time now and we hope that she will benefit from a transplant soon.

“Organ Donation is a huge act of kindness and it’s a wonderful legacy that after untimely death other people’s lives can be saved and improved.”

Colin White, Race Manager and National Projects Manager of the Irish Kidney Association said: “The Beirne family are a shining example to all of us on the benefits that can be achieved in keeping fit and active just like members of Transplant Team Ireland who will take part in Run for a Life and in the European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Championships in Sardinia this summer demonstrating what can be achieved by transplant recipients and dialysis patients.”

There are approximately 550 people in Ireland awaiting life-saving heart, lung, liver, kidney and pancreas transplants.

Thanks to the gift of organ donation almost 3500 transplanted people in Ireland are enjoying extended life.

The Run for a Life Entry fee is €20 adult, €10 child and €45 for a family of up to 2 adults and 4 children.

All finishers will receive a medal and entry fee also includes soup and sandwiches. For more information on the event visit www.runforalife.ie

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