102 Giraffe Staff Members Take Part in Women’s Mini Marathon!
Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
Staff from each of our centres get together once a year to do a 10km mini marathon. This year a record number of our staff – 102 (!) signed up to take part in one of the biggest women’s sporting events of the year in Ireland – the VHI Dublin Women’s Mini Marathon. Our staff have been training and getting ready for the past few weeks. There has been a great sense of team work, encouraging each other and camraderie among the staff members taking part, with other staff members cheering them on!
Our charity is Laura Lynn Children’s Hospice again this year. Laura Lynn is a hospice for children with life-limiting conditions and residential care for young adults with disabilities.They provide respite, home support, crisis and end of life care for sick children. It is a charity close to our hearts here in Giraffe.
Supporting Laura Lynn
Each year on the June Bank Holiday Monday, women of all ages from all around Ireland take part in this amazing event on the streets of Dublin. The Big Day was on Monday the 6th June and the atmosphere as always was wonderful! The ladies from all our creches had a wonderful day and whether walking, running or were super happy and proud to reach the finish line.
Within our staff we gave special prizes for these awards:
***Giraffe centre with the Most Participants: Giraffe Park West!!!
***1st Giraffe Runner to finish the race: Esther Requena from Elm Park
***1st Giraffe Jogger to cross the line: Cinthia Conboy from Rathborne
***1st and 2nd Giraffe Walkers to cross the line: Gillian Kennedy & Tara Boyle both from Lucan
We are very proud of team Giraffe for their hard work and for the money they all raised for Laura Lynn!
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