Cork teen ran 100 laps of his home in aid of Mercy University Hospital

Cork teen ran 100 laps of his home in aid of Mercy University Hospital
Peter Burke did 100 laps of his home in aid of the Mercy Hospital.

Cork teenager, Peter Burke ran 100 laps of his home last Friday, the equivalent of 5km, in aid of Mercy University Hospital. 

Peter, who lives on Maryborough Hill, completed his Easter Garden Run in 40 minutes. 

The 13-year-old, who plays soccer for Douglas Hall, far exceeded his target of €50, managing to raise over €1,700 for the hospital to date.

Donned in his Cork jersey, Peter successfully completed the impressive 100 laps, all the while cheered on by his neighbours.

Peter Burke ran 5km in aid of the Mercy Hospital
Peter Burke ran 5km in aid of the Mercy Hospital

"Our neighbours kept social distance but gave support from the road as Peter was doing his laps. 

"My daughters Rebecca and Lia also used their social media to highlight the fundraiser," his father David told The Echo.

On the day, Peter was also supported by his West Highland Terrier who observed the goings-on from the sidelines in a hi-vis vest. 

Peter got the idea for his Easter Run after seeing similar undertakings on the 'Running in Cork' Facebook Page. 

"He came to me with the idea and I suggested he run 1km, but he insisted on five," David said. 

"I mentioned doing it for charity and he suggested the Mercy to help them pay for personal protective equipment (PPE)." 

Peter had lots of support when he undertook his 5km run on Friday.
Peter had lots of support when he undertook his 5km run on Friday.

David has thanked those who have donated to his son’s fundraiser, saying they are "delighted with the support". 

"The Mercy is a great cause. 

"We always feel we owe them as they looked after Peter’s grandad before he passed away a few years ago."

 If you would like to donate to Peter’s fundraiser, visit: 

https://www.idonate.ie/fundraiser/11384825_peter-burkes----cork-easter-garden-run.html

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