Local TD and Minister for Health Leo Varadkar gave his backing to the Irish Kidney Association’s Run for A Life event last weekend.
The Minister cheered on hundreds of members of the general public, young and old, for the charity fundraiser to demonstrate solidarity in support of the work of the Irish Kidney Association and the promotion of the importance of organ donation.
The fun event offers participants of varying levels of fitness the option of walking, jogging or running competitively in either a chip timed 2.5km, 5km or 10km distance and Minister Varadkar has signed up to run the 5km distance.
Minister Varadkar said: “People of all ages took part in support of people living with organ failure. I want to encourage more people to sign the organ donor’s card and help to save lives in the future.”
Race Organiser, Colin White explained, “Our annual ‘Run for a Life’, which is now in its sixth year, is a great day out for all of the family. We are looking for the public to think about it, talk about it and make a commitment to organ donation.”
Main sponsor of the Run for a Life is Astellas Pharma Co. Ltd. and its Sales and Marketing Director, Denis Fennelly said, “Astellas is proud to be once again partnering with the Irish Kidney Association in Run for A Life 2014. Astellas is committed to Changing tomorrow for patients in Ireland; and raising awareness for organ donation has the potential to really change outcomes for people on transplant waiting lists. We look forward to taking part in what should be a fun day for all!”
A large number of the members of the successful Irish team who participated in the 8th European Transplant & Dialysis Games in Poland in August this year, will take part in the Fun Run to play their part in raising organ donor awareness and showcasing the success of organ donation.
At Run for A Life Registration (a participant medal, as well as soup and a sandwich afterwards) will be €20 for adults and €10 per child and a Family of 2 adults and up to 4 children can register for €45. Chip timing and results will be provided by Precision Timing. For registration and further details log on to: www.runforalife.ie
Donations to support the event can be made via the IKA’s website