A very good friend is working with former Senior Tipperary hurler Seamus Hennessy, who is attempting to raise €200,000 for Pieta House and Living Links, a programme based in Limerick designed to help those who have experienced death of a loved one by suicide.
Seamus is going to run the Antarctic Ice Marathon on the 13 of December 2018. Seamus will experience an average wind-chill temperature of -20C. Furthermore, the event takes place at an altitude of 700 metres!
Why is he doing this? He lost his mother Josie to suicide when he was 11 and he wants to prevent other families from having to go through the same pain that he experienced.
Why am I letting my network know about this? Well, if you are interested, there are a few ways you might support his activities.
- Take part in a fun run to raise awareness of mental health and the Running for Josie project. Gaelic Voices For Change, a voluntary group of past and present inter-county GAA players that shine a light on important social issues are holding fun runs around Ireland to raise awareness Seamus’s fundraising efforts but also to hold space for connectivity in communities to support are bereaved by suicide. If you’d like to take part in any of these fun runs, the details are as follows:
- 10th of November:
- Roscommon: Padraig Pearse GAA Woodmount Clooneen, 11am
- Wexford: Duffry Rovers GAA Grounds, Coolree, Ballindaggin, 11am
- 10th of November:
There will be some other fun runs. Keep an eye on Seamus’s social media pages for details.
Anyone wishing to participate is encouraged to let people in their network know by posting #ImRunningFor @runningforjosie. Seamus has set up accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – they’re all called @RunningForJosie.
- Help Seamus reach his fundraising goal of €200,000.
He has a GoFundMe page here. To date, he has raised an impressive €87,000. For clarity, the cost of getting to and paying for participation in the Antarctic Ice Marathon has been borne completely by Seamus. https://ie.gofundme.com/runningforjosie
- Sponsor the project with equipment
Seamus is working with companies who can connect with the message and are willing to sponsor equipment and place their logos on equipment and other promotional materials and content.