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Perhaps you could do a once-off fundraising event such as a coffee morning or maybe you would be interested in setting up a local ILFA branch where you live.
You can decide what level of involvement you would like to have. If you are interested in getting more involved ILFA would like to hear from you.
You can contact us via post @ PO Box 10456, Blackrock, County Dublin; via email @ email@example.com or by calling 086 871 5264
The 2014 Flora Women's Mini-Marathon was another great day that epitomised fun, camaraderie and goodwill for ILFA and so many other wonderful charitable causes. Despite the lack of blue skies and sunshine, the weather was kind and surprisingly warm with a welcome gentle breeze and thankfully only two light showers. This year the ILFA team was made up of over 40 dedicated and enthusiastic ladies from all over the country. Helen Durney's team travelled from Newbridge, Kildare and included Helen Durney, Helen Durney Carr, Pauline Mooney and Geraldine Browne who all took part in memory of Helen's husband Timmy.
Antoinette O'Dowd organised 12 members of the brave Troy family from Tipperary to take part in memory of their loved ones Phyl Troy, Daniel Troy and Peggy Troy who all passed away in the last 2 years. The "Troy Trotters" team was made up of Kathleen Troy, Amanda Dillon, Megan Troy, Roisin O'Dowd, Hannah Chapman, Mary Troy Ryan, Rebekah Troy, Antoinette O'Dowd, Claire Finlay, Jackie Fogarty, Nancy Ryan and Helen O'Leary. We also had other ladies from all over Ireland including Monaghan, Wicklow, Offaly, Kildare, Louth, Cavan, Galway and from all over Dublin supporting ILFA.
Before the race, some of the ILFA team gathered outside the Mespil Hotel for the customary group photo. We decided to try and incorporate some soap bubbles into the team photo this year so that we could capture a suitable photo for entry into the World IPF photo competition. This resulted in some fun and mayhem as the wind direction was erratic and the bubble machine had ideas of its own! Thanks to everybody who took part in the group photo and thanks to Terence Moran, ILFA Chairman, and Denise Dunne from ILFA who came along to lend their support and encouragement and helped with the props.
The race got underway at 2pm after the customary singing of "Molly Malone". This year we had a new start and finish area and there were a few surprised faces when we reached the fly-over at UCD and realised that we had to go further along the Stillorgan dual carriage way before turning and heading back to the city centre! The bands, cheer-leaders and supporters around the course were brilliant this year as always and helped everyone on their way with lots of welcome encouragement. There were plenty of sprint finishes at the new finish line at Fitzwilliam Square and some pretty impressive times and personal bests from members of the ILFA team!
After the race we headed to The Duke pub for "the best cup of tea in the world" and were greeted by Eddie Cassidy, ILFA Treasurer. Mother and daughter teams were the first ladies back; Jane Kelly and her daughter Caroline McGarry were the first to arrive followed closely by Ann O'Flaherty and her daughter Emer McPartland. The "Troy Trotters" from Tipperary followed shortly after and they were thrilled that their team name was announced twice over the tannoy system as they trotted to the finish line. Well done to another mother and daughter team; Teresa Cullen and Debbie Cullen Hazem on their first mini-marathon ever!
Charlene Connolly and Nicola Cassidy from the ILFA committee also took part as well as some of our other regular fundraisers; Margaret McGlynn, Rita O'Regan, Margaret McIver, Carol Groome, Lisa Swift and Erica Carroll. New members to the ILFA squad this year included Angeline Wakely, Laura Butler, Maria O'Regan, Chelsea O'Brien, Ann Higgins and her family members, Ciara Fitzgerald, her sister Marie O'Sullivan and sister in law Aileen Fitzgerald, Amanda McGann and her relatives and friends and Sandra Butler and friends. Unfortunately poor Rosemary Wilson, our most capped mini-marathoner (every year since 2002), had to withdraw this year to injury however Rosemary has vowed that she will be back!
Sincere thanks to everybody who took part in the 2014 Women's mini-marathon. We are extremely grateful to you for your support and helping to raise both awareness of IPF and valuable funds for our charity. It was great to see the ILFA t-shirts represented amongst all the bigger charities in the 40,000 field of participants. Well done to everyone! You should be very proud of your achievements. We hope to see you next year!
Charlene Connolly wrote: "I have ran many 10km road races in recent years but this was my first attempt at the Women's Mini Marathon and there really is something special about this race. The atmosphere is electric and you can feel the positivity hanging in the air as you make your way to the start line. Almost every participant is wearing a t-shirt representing their charity of choice and every participant and spectator is willing each other on throughout the course. I would encourage every woman to take part, even if just to make it a leisurely stroll with friends and family as this isn't a competitive race – this is about people and about charity. I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of people and by simply setting up a mycharity.ie fundraising page and circulating to friends, family and colleagues, I have raised over €1500 for ILFA without any great effort! Roll on next year!"
Ciara Fitzgerald said "First time for all of us doing the mini-marathon and have to say, it was such craic. There was such a fantastic atmosphere and we will all definitely be there next year."
Erica Carroll said "It was a brilliant day as always!"