Friday, July 10, 2009

Mobile marathon from Galway to Dublin

Our very own John O’Regan is at it again, with another fundraiser for the Jack & Jill foundation, he will lead a team that will run a Mobile Marathon Relay from Galway to Dublin on 7th, 8th, and 9th August 2009.

The target for the event is to collect 10,000 mobile phones along the route and John & his team are asking people of every age to join in by paying an entry fee of 3 old mobile phones at the 10 designated pick up points along the route. The Jack & Jill Mobile Marathon will take the AA Roadwatch route avoiding motorways, passing through Oranmore, Loughrea, Ballinasloe, Athlone, Mullingar, Athboy, Navan, Dunshaughlin, Dunboyne and then finishing at The Spire in Dublin’s O’Connell Street. John who works with Irish Rail is well known for planning “unusual” runs for charity earlier this year he ran the 1576 steps of The Empire State Building in New York. He also ran a Marathon on each of the seven continents, the North Pole Marathon in April 2004 and many more. See

People can find out more about the Jack & Jill Mobile Marathon and how they can join in by logging onto The Jack & Jill Foundation supports 300 families around the country with children who are born with or who develop brain damage and who suffer severe neurological delay and need intensive home nursing care as a result.

Welcoming the new fundraising initiative, Jonathan Irwin, CEO of Jack & Jill said, “We are delighted to see volunteers like John supporting our families who live in every community in Ireland through exciting initiatives like this one. We have huge admiration for John and his crew and we will have drop off points for mobile phones all along the route and we’ll be following the race in a Jack & Jill van. I want to remind people that 250 old mobile phones buys home nursing care for a sick child for one month and it doesn’t matter if people run a few paces or a few kilometres – every little helps and this mobile marathon will go a long way to achieving our 2009 target of collecting 500,000 phones. I want to thank John and his team in advance, to wish them the best of luck and to ask communities along the route to show their support by joining in.”

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