Over 900 celebrate five years running for autism 

by Alex Greaney
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Alex Greaney 

The Autism community came out in force recently to support this year’s AsIAm’s 5k Run4Autism, not even the All-Ireland Final could stop the Autism community in its tracks in showing support for AsIAm – Ireland’s National Autism Charity.

Despite the rain, there were plenty of sunny, smiley, and happy faces at this year’s event, which took place in Corkagh Park in Clondalkin. Over 900 people and their families took part at this year’s event, with over 100 people also taking part virtually in far flung places such as Croatia, Australia, and Canada. 

This year marked a special year for the AsIAm 5k Run4Autism as it celebrated 5 years running, on the day there was an entertainment village sponsored by Gas Networks Ireland, which included music, facepainting, magicians, a mini-zoo, and more importantly ice-cream, which went down quite the treat for participants on the day. There was also an exhibition space on the day for businesses to showcase their goods and services. 

Special thanks must go out to all the wonderful volunteers on the day, with particular mention going to the volunteers from South Dublin Volunteer Service who assisted throughout the event. 

AsIAm’s Head of Community Support, Michael O’Flanagan, who organised the event said: “Run4Autism is day of coming together and celebrating the diversity of the Autism community in Ireland. It has now become a perennial date in Autism communities’ calendar which is growing year on year. The day sees parents, guardians, grandparents, siblings, and others join in on the fun, as they take on the 5k Georgia’s Way route”. 

The run took place on a 5k route known as “Georgia’s Way” in memory of little Georgia, who took part in the very first run back in 2018 before sadly passing away. There were colourful clothes, decorated with unicorns, and rainbows in memory of Georgia.  

The run took place at 12 O’clock and all those who took part got a medal and a goodie bag and made for an enjoyable day out. 

The funds raised on the day go towards sustaining AsIAm’s support programmes for the community, which include their family support programme and the Autism Information line. 

If you would like to know more about the work that AsIAm does, visit AsIAm.ie

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