From Ballybrack to Ballsbridge, a number of Dublin community groups are expected to be out in force to raise funds for GOAL this Christmas.

Now in its 37th year, the GOAL Mile is held every Christmas and is one of the country’s largest and longest-running annual fundraising events.

Last year, more than €70,000 was raised in Dublin through the Mile to help support the work the charity carries out in the developing world.

There will be a number of different GOAL Miles taking place across Dublin up until January 1, from Tallaght, to Irishtown, to Shankill, to Santry and beyond.

Alan Vard from GOAL said: “The GOAL Mile has become a tradition for many families and communities over the Christmas period, and thanks to organisers, millions have been raised to support our work in the developing world since the first Mile was staged in 1982.

“The beauty of the Mile is its simplicity. People don’t need to register in advance but simply show up to their nearest event, run or walk a mile and contribute whatever they can afford to GOAL on the day.”

If you are interested in taking part in your local GOAL mile, all you need to do is find out the date and time of your local event, put on your walking or running shoes and just turn up.

There is no need to register; just turn up and donate what you can on the day.

To find out where your local Mile is taking place, see www.goalmile.org.