Dawn to dusk race for cerebral palsy

by Ian Begley
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LUCAN IT consultant company Nostra are on a mission to raise €30,000 in the first annual Dawn to Dusk challenge for a Clondalkin boy with Cerebral Palsy.
The company’s 50 staff will be split into four teams and will race from sunrise to sunset to see what team will reach Loop Head, Co Clare first.
On April 30, the cycling team will start from Howth Head (325Km), the running team will begin from Salthill Strand (151Km), the walking team from (Spanish Point (60Km) and the driving team will start from Malin Head (1,150 Kms).
Zaki Djellabi is an eight year old boy from Clondalkin with a diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy Spastic Diplegia with Ataxia and Dysarthria.
Cerebral Palsy, in short, means that at birth Zaki was deprived oxygen which left him with brain damaged. To reach normal developmental milestones such as being able to sit up, chew, swallow, taking steps and to speak, Zaki had to undergo intense sessions of physiotherapy, occupational and speech therapy.
As he grows he will eventually suffer more complicated effects of his condition. Without surgery Zaki will become wheelchair dependent for the rest of his life.
Talking about the Dawn to Dusk Challenge Kevin O’Loughlin, CEO of Nostra, said: “This year we decided we wanted to do one big event to assist a local charity. Rebecca in our office suggested Zaki and when we heard the story it was a no brainer.
“We discussed it internally and Dawn to Dusk was born. The rivalry is building in the office and the competition on strava is bubbling up day-by-day. We want to help Zaki and are very confident that we will raise enough money to make a real difference.”
To find out more information about the Lets Do It For Zaki campaign, visit letsdoitforzaki.com.

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