Super fit youngsters all set for treadmill fundraiser

by Gazette Reporter

TWO brothers are all set to run 50km each in aid of ALONE, the charity that supports elderly who may be socially isolated, homeless or living in poverty. 

Robert Slattery, 9, and his seven-year-old sibling Ryan are really putting it up to parents Stephen and Kasia, who run Foam Coffeehouse in Terenure.

While Kasia and Foam head chef Olivia Farrell will each run 100km outdoors, the boys and their Dad are determined to hit their targets on the family treadmill.

Stephen told Dublin Gazette: “Robert and Ryan attend St Pius X Boys National School and they are mad sport fans.

“They’re members of Terenure Rugby Club, along with being big into GAA sports, hurling and football, plus they love swimming.

“During lockdown, they’ve been great company for each other and in the good weather, they’re constantly outside playing.

“We have a three year old daughter, Méabh but we’re not rostering her for the fundraiser.”

He added: “It really came from the boys themselves, the whole idea of a fundraiser. They said they’d love to go back to school and say they’d achieved something positive during the restrictions, not just having fun and enjoying the time, which they have been.

“Already they are practising away on the treadmill, it’s nothing for them to do 5k three times a week – so they’ll easily complete their target within the month of June.

“They will put pressure on Kasia, Olivia and I to get ours done.”

Stephen said Foam Coffeehouse – which is open for take-away orders of breakfast, brunch and lunch (01 4064583) – regularly supports the work of ALONE, hosting a coffee morning last Christmas and other fundraisers throughout the year. Keep an eye out for updates of the family fundraiser on social media, on Foam Coffeehouse Instagram and Facebook pages. To donate see https://www.justgiving.com/team/FoamAlone400

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