Cork’s Darkness Into Light events which attract thousands of people to the streets of Cork each year raising funds for Pieta House have been postponed due to the virus.
Carrigaline GAA players have brainstormed an alternative way to raise funds for the charity from the safety of their own homes, in place of the annual fundraising walks which were due to take place on May 9th.
Run4Pieta is a fundraising initiative set up by Carrigaline GAA players who will run for a total of 72 hours from 7pm on Thursday to 7pm on Sunday, May 3rd in aid of Pieta House.
The group of players, led by Stephen Dwane who came up with the idea for Run4Pieta along with Kieran Dwane, Shane Griffin, Kevin Kavanagh, Jack McCarthy, Cian Barry and Billy Pope, will each complete a total of three one-hour runs over the 72 hours while adhering to the 2km radius travel restriction from their homes.
A total of 48 runners are now involved, including The Young Offenders actor Alex Murphy and well-known sports people including Cork ladies football legend Bríd Stack, Munster and Irish Rugby player John Ryan, Cork footballer and former Carlton FC Aussie rules football star Ciarán Sheehan, Cork Senior Football Captain Ian Maguire and All-Ireland winning all star and former Cork footballer Pearse O'Neill.
A GoFundMe page with a fundraising goal of €10,000 has been set up ahead of the event and almost €11,000 has already been raised.
Organiser Mr Dwane said that donations of any size are hugely appreciated and will go directly to Pieta House.
More than 80% of the charity’s funds come from the public and Cork’s Darkness Into Light events raised over €1.5 million last year.
This year, vital funds are needed to keep services running for those who are in need during the current Covid-19 crisis.
People are being encouraged to join in by taking part in a walk or run in darkness and in light over the weekend.
“We encourage everyone to get involved this weekend by getting out for a walk or a run and post on Instagram tagging @run4pieta, using hashtag =Run4Pieta and wear Pieta t-shirts so we can create more awareness in raising the much needed funds,” Mr Dwane said.
There are now further plans for multiple other clubs to take part in different Run4Pieta events over the coming few weeks.