We Want You To Run A Marathon In A Month
Does the thought of running a marathon have you breaking out in a cold sweat? Is it something you might always have liked to try, but never quite built up the stamina or enthusiasm?
Well, we just might have the solution for you!
The Irish Cancer Society has launched Ireland’s first virtual marathon campaign, Marathon in a Month, which aims to get people moving while raising vital funds to support people affected by cancer.
As part of the innovative fundraising campaign the Society is asking members of the public to get sponsorship from their friends and family to complete the distance of a marathon over the course of the month of July and track their progress online as they complete the 42km.
Sounds good, right?
No mammoth stretch ahead of you, you can break it down as and when you like. You can walk, jog or run the marathon distance in a day, week, or over the whole month of July, completing the 42km in a way that is a challenge to yourself.
Mark Mellett, Head of Fundraising at the Irish Cancer Society said:
“Get active this July and take part in your own personal marathon and make a difference to the lives of people affected by cancer. Every week we should be doing 150 minutes of physical activity. That’s the same number of people who get a cancer diagnosis in Ireland every day. Take on the Marathon in a Month challenge and make every step matter by getting your friends to sponsor you and help us to provide care, information and support for cancer patients and their families.
You can walk, run or jog your Marathon in a Month, at your own speed and in your own time, but the main thing is you can do it, you can complete a marathon! It can be over a few hours, days or weeks, in your local park, on the way to work, at home, or abroad, this is a marathon everyone can complete. To be a part of this epic challenge, join the team today at www.cancer.ie/marathoninamonth and help support families across Ireland who are affected by cancer.
The Irish Cancer Society relies almost entirely on donations from members of the public to fund its work, which includes services for people affected by cancer such as the Society’s 13 Daffodil Centres and freephone Cancer Nurseline 1800 200 700 which provided free advice and information to over 42,000 people last year. The Society’s Night Nursing Service provided over 8,000 nights of care for cancer patients at end of life last year, while the Volunteer Driver Service provided free transportation for patients to attend 11,000 chemotherapy appointments.
Money raised will also fund innovative cancer research projects, with €20m invested into lifesaving research by the Society since 2010. This investment has supported more than 150 cancer researchers to work on a diverse range of individual or collaborative projects that will ultimately lead to better ways of diagnosing and treating cancer.
eumom are looking for four moms and a dad who are willing to share their experience of taking part in the Marathon in a Month! Providing regular updates including photos/videos of their progress (and maybe their reasons for supporting this amazing charity), we want to champion their Marathon in a Month journey and encourage other parents to join the challenge! If this sounds like you, or someone you know, private message our Facebook or Instagram page.