Virtual Run/Walk To Raise Funds For Kerry Hospice

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Anne Kelliher, Andrea O’Donoghue, Tommy Horan and Michelle Greaney promoting the Kerry Hospice Sunflower Day Virtual Run. Photo by Dermot Crean

WITH the Covid-19 pandemic affecting fundraising campaigns for the Kerry Hospice Foundation Palliative Care Unit, a local woman has decided to help organise an event at the end of the month.

Michelle Greaney, AAI run coach, along with Andrea O’Donoghue of Kerry Hospice,  is organising the Kerry Hospice Sunflower Day Virtual Run/Walk that will take place between May 30th and June 1st.

Sunflower Day is cancelled this year and this usually generates huge funds for Kerry Hospice /Palliative Care so they are trying to make up the shortfall.

“Because races are unable to be held for a few months due to Covid-19 having such a huge impact and because running is such a big part of our lives, I have proposed a virtual run that will ensure the safety of all involved,” said Michelle.

“It needs to be run in accordance with government guidelines, either solo or in small groups of up to four people. Distance options are 5k/10k and half marathon to keep us active, healthy and motivated,” she added.

It is an open donation and there will be medals provided for everyone that run/walks made by Trophyworld. You can screenshot your run summary and post it to the facebook and Instagram page, using hashtag #kerryhospice and #sunflowerdayrun.

Medal can be collected (location to be decided) or postage will be arranged by contacting There is a trophy for fastest male/female over the 5k/10k and half marathon.

“Every cent raised through this virtual run will be used by Kerry Hospice to go towards the campaign to raise over €400,000 to fund and aid the running costs of the Inpatient Unit and the Day unit and we also have a pledge of €100,000 to help fund the Home Care services,” said Andrea O’Donoghue of Kerry Hospice.

“We still have a few more years of this yearly pledge left and with more plans to expand the services to come the fundraising must continue. We are hugely grateful to Michelle who has organised a number of events for the Foundation and is always a wonderful support.”

Click on this link to donate or check out the facebook page here

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