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‘Champion Irish Jockeys Launch Fundraising Marathon’
Launched with the help of top Irish jockeys the event will help over 6,000 family carers across Kilkenny and Carlow
The launch of ‘Carlow Half/Mini Marathon’ took place this morning with the help of champion Irish jockeys and an Irish rugby hero. The fundraising marathon will help raise vital funds for over 6,000 family carers across Kilkenny and Carlow. The Superbowl Development in Carlow which provides sports facilities to the community will also benefit from the fundraising event. The marathon will take place on September 1st marathon and there will be a fun family day held in the Superbowl Park.
Pictured at the launch was rugby star Sean O'Brien and Jason Daly aged 12 from Leighlinbridge Co. Carlow
Picture Dylan Vaughan.
High profile jockeys, Ruby Walsh, Patrick Mullins, Paul Townsend, David Casey and Willie Mullins along with Irish Rugby hero Sean O’Brien came out to support the event which will raise help support the over 6,000 family carers across Carlow and Kilkenny who provide unpaid care in the home each week to frail older people, those terminally ill and with disabilities. Family carers across Ireland save the health budget over four billion euro each year at a time of mass emigration and a rapidly ageing population, the demands on family carers have never been greater.
“This fundraising event will play a vital role in the development of support & services to family carers in the Carlow and Kilkenny region. There are over 6,500 Carers registered to date and although we receive allocated funding from government it’s not enough to sustain these vital supports particularly in light of recent cuts in funding. We would like to express our thanks to Brook Sports & W.P. Mullins and volunteers Josie Daly and Mary O’Brien” said Pat Grogan, Regional Manager, The Carers Association.
“The Superbowl Development Fund is an important suppo