Team Giraffe Mini Marathon
Friday, June 9th, 2017
Staff from each of our centres get together once a year to do a 10km mini marathon. Over 80 staff members signed up to take part in the 35th annual VHI Dublin Women’s Mini Marathon, one of the biggest all-women charity events in the world.
The rain on Monday June 5th certainly tested our spirits! But after training together for the Mini marathon for the last few weeks, our Giraffe team was ready to face the challenge.
Spotted along the Race route : “No matter how slow you go, you’re still lapping everyone on the couch!
Supporting Laura Lynn
Our chosen charity in 2017 & 2018 is Laura Lynn Children’s Hospice. 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. Each step of our 10km run brought us closer to our goal!
If you wish to donate, and support this great cause, please click here: Donate to LauraLynn Online.
Here is Mary from LauraLynn – Ireland’s Children’s Hospice collecting the cheque for €1000 from our Milltown Bake sale. A HUGE thank you to Lyndsey for organizing the event, and to all the parents and families who generously doanted, allowing LauraLynn to continue their work helping children with life limiting diseases.
Spotted along the Race route : “If you feeling like quitting, remember why you started running”.
Within our staff group, there were special prizes for the following awards:
- Giraffe centre with the Most Participants: Giraffe Childcare Rathborne
- 1st Giraffe Runner across the line: Cinthia Conboy from Rathborne
- 1st Giraffe Joggers to finish the race: Sandra Hruskar from Leopardstown & Sara Rochford from Rathborne
- 1st Giraffe Walkers to finish the race: Sarah Callanan from Adamstown & Elena Grigorescu from Northern Cross
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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