Charity to get the balls rolling on Patrick's Hill 

Charity to get the balls rolling on Patrick's Hill 

The Cork Lion’s Club Ball Run on St. Patrick’s Hill, Cork, raises funds for the city centre defibrillator project.

THE Cork Lion’s Club is getting the ball rolling for one of its most anticipated events of the year.

Twelve thousand multi-coloured balls will be released down Patrick’s Hill on March 15 at 2pm to raise vital funds for publicly accessible defibrillators.

The Ball Run is the primary fundraiser for the Cork Lion’s City Centre Defibrillator Project which, to date, has made 13 defibrillators available throughout the city.

Cork Lion’s Club is a voluntary organisation and it started the defibrillator project four years ago.

Their goal is for a defibrillator to be accessible in less than two minutes on all main pedestrian routes and less than four minutes on other streets.

Each ball in the Ball Run is individually numbered and released from a cage at the top of Patrick’s Hill to form a colourful cascade.

They are then guided down the hill and gathered in a trap at the bottom, where the first six balls are matched with prize winners. Cork Lion’s Club event organiser, Martin Walley, said: “We’re delighted to run the Patrick’s Hill Ball Run again. It has proven to be a popular and fun event for everyone who showed up on the hill. Monies raised allow the Lion’s Club to maintain our installed AEDs and add more in the city.”

Cork Lion’s Club will also be taking the opportunity to collect old glasses, as part of their Recycle for Sight Campaign.

This project involves the recycling of old spectacles, which are cleaned, graded, and distributed at eye clinics in the third world.

The charity is appealing to the public to clean out their old glasses from drawers and bring them along to the Ball Run on Sunday, March 15. The event is now in its seventh year and welcomes spectators from far and wide.

To find out more about Cork Lion’s Club, visit www.corklionsclub.ie.

Balls are for sale online and can also be purchased at the event.

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