Brother and sister run a marathon for Childline

by Gazette Reporter

TWO Sandymount siblings have taken on the challenge of running a marathon in two weeks to raise vital funds for ISPCC’s Childline.

Nine-year-old Sebastian Moore and his younger sister Iris, 7, stepped up to the task and have now completed their 14-day challenge.

The pair raised almost e3,000 for the national listening service run by the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

Fun-loving sister and brother Sebastian and Iris were determined to take on the ambitious challenge once schools closed and they realised they had time at home which they could put to good use.

Having discovered that the distance from their front door, around their block and back again was one kilometre, they decided they would hit the course 42 times over 14 days to accomplish their mission.

The Moore home has become operations HQ, with a board in their kitchen showing the generous children’s daily tally of kilometres run and funds raised through GoFund Me, Facebook and other platforms.

Now Sebastian’s friend Carlos Culligan has gotten in on the act and has launched his own online fundraiser for the ISPCC, undertaking the same challenge.

He wrote: “Inspired by my friend Sebastian Moore, I am raising money for Childline by running a marathon over two weeks. I will be running around UCD.

“Calls to ISPCC have increased by 25% during the pandemic. Your contribution can make an impact during these very difficult times.”

 Childline is available 24 hours a day, every day, to every child and young person in Ireland. The service is confidential, non-judgmental and free to contact from anywhere in Ireland.

Children and young people can reach Childline by calling 1800 66 66 66 (24 hours a day), chatting online at Childline.ie (10am – 4am daily) or texting to 50101 (10am – 4am daily).

The team at ISPCC Childline have expressed warm thanks to Sebastian and Iris for their fantastic efforts to help keep Childline listening.

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