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Published on March 21st, 2013 | by Archon


Women’s Mini Marathon 2013


Its that time of year again and no better excuse to get exercising and fit for the summer ahead than the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon.  Once again we are looking for people to run, jog or walk the 10km Flora Women’s Mini Marathon to raise some much needed funds for the Traveller Counselling Service.  This could be the perfect opportunity to start exercising and a great opportunity to link in with friends and family in an event that raises funds for the Traveller Counselling Service.

The money raised last year went towards the setting up and launch of our website and also went directly towards the provision of counselling  hours to members of the Traveller Community.  Mental health is a very real concern within the community with suicide rates among young male Travellers almost seven times higher than they are within the settled population.  The money that you raise will go towards the continued provision of counselling to Travellers who are dealing with issues such as bereavement, depression, relationship issues,  violence and addiction to name but a few.

mm2As this is a women’s event we are particularly interested in bringing together as many Traveller women as we can to join us on the day so please pass this info on to your friends and family and all that you think might be interested.   We are very keen to promote this event among Traveller women so therefore would be grateful if you could ensure that the Traveller women in your area, particularly those who don’e have access to e-mail are made aware of this event and our campaign to engage as many Traveller women as we can.  We are hoping to increase our numbers each year and turn this into an annual social event that brings Traveller women in the community together, gets us out in the open and also raises funds for a very worthwhile service within the community.

This is a fun and easy going event with thousands of women of all ages and backgrounds from across the country coming together to raise funds for a variety of very worthwhile causes.  Unless you intend to run or jog, it doesn’t require any real training  and the vast majority of participants walk – so please don’t be put off by the word “marathon”!

mm3The race itself takes place at 2.00pm on the the 3rd June, which is a bank holiday Monday, though the closing date for entries in April 24th.  It is most important that you are registered well before this date to ensure you don’t miss out as we had a number of women disappointed last year as there is a  limit on the number of entries into the event and this was reached well before the closing date.  You can read more about the event and you can enter on line through the following link: www.florawomensminimarathon.ie, or you can register using the entry forms in the Evening Herald every Wednesday and Saturday.  There is an entry fee of €18.00 which you can either take our of the sponsorship money that you raise or you can contribute it to the service by paying it yourself.

So – give yourself that extra push, dust off your walking or running shoes and get going for the Traveller Counselling Service!  If you are interested, please send us back your details so that we can ensure that you and your friends are registered before the closing date which is April 24th.  Details can be either sent by e-mail to info@travellercounselling.ie or by post to:

Traveller Counselling Service
6 New Cabra Road
Dublin 7

If you have any questions just send us an e-mail or give us a call on 086 3081476.

Many thanks for your continued support and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on 3rd June.

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