More than 100 people in 21 different countries will take part in challenges this weekend to help raise funds for the Cleft Lip and Palate Association of Ireland (CLAPAI).
The ‘Funbarr Challenge’ has been organised by Cork man Luke O’Mahony, whose son Finbarr was born in 2018 with a cleft lip and palate.
Finbarr has already undergone a number of surgeries and will require more support and treatment as he gets older.
Mr O’Mahony said that after the lockdown was introduced in March he began looking at ways to keep fit, and after reigniting a passion for running he decided to try to organise a challenge so that he could raise money while doing so.
He asked to ask a friend to come on board, and contacted people he had previously played rugby with, and he said it snowballed from there.
Tomorrow he will run his first full marathon to help raise funds for CLAPAI.
Others will take part in treks, one duo has pledged to walk up and down their stairs 500 times, and another will undertake 1,150 push-ups.
“We’ve raised over €8,000 euro already, and we hope we will hit €9,000 tomorrow,” Mr O’Mahony said.
To donate log on to https://ie.gofundme.com/f/lockdown-marathon-run-in-aid-of-CLAPAI