Cobh Ramblers club member comes up with a novel virtual marathon fundraiser

Cobh Ramblers club member comes up with a novel virtual marathon fundraiser
Lee Devitt, Cobh Ramblers, on the attack against Athlone Town, in a recent game at St Colman's Park. Picture: Larry Cummins

COBH Ramblers are once again doing their bit to help the community in difficult times. 

Club member Eoin Gilley has created an idea that will see communities take part in a 48-hour 'virtual marathon' for ALONE, a national organisation that provides vital support services to older people.

It takes place this weekend and will see 96 volunteers taking part in a 30-minute run or walk, for 48 consecutive hours. The participants will remain within two kilometres of their home, completing their run or walk as individuals alone, during a dedicated time slot.

The idea came from Cork native Eoin Gilley, who recently returned from living in London to see out the pandemic with his family. His initiative has surpassed the initial fundraising target of €2,000 within three days.

"The vulnerable and older people in our communities need our help now more than ever," he said. 

"Services such as ALONE, are vital in providing that much-needed care and support, as it has now become unsafe for many families to be there for loved ones physically. 

"This all began with a simple WhatsApp conversation among friends and has now grown into massive community effort through sharing the word on social media. 

"It’s amazing to see so many individuals are willing to put in their shift, day or night, in support of ALONE. People are now either taking part or donating from all over the world and we hope to raise as much as possible."

Funds raised will go directly to support ALONE’s Covid-19 National response, which includes a seven-day helpline (8am to 8pm daily) providing advice and reassurance to older people as well as delivering groceries and essentials where needed.

To donate to the run for alone Virtual Marathon, visit: 

www.justgiving.com/fundraising/covid

For further information on ALONE, visit www.alone.ie. To call the helpline phone 0818222024.

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