From time to time, Niall Mulrine gets involved with charities local and national.
To date, I have fundraised and participated in the annual 12KM walk for Our Lady’s Children’s hospital of Crumlin that takes place around the coast of Downings on New Year’s Day. It’s a terrific experience seeing the people out of bed early to travel to the location for the walk. Some people might not have had much time in bed due to New Year’s celebrations but they still manage to come along to participate. There are always great turn outs and this event is organised by Eleanor Mooney.
2010 was the first year I took up the challenge of the Crumlin Overseas Challenge in Italy, and cycled 5 continuous days through the landscape and tough climbs of the Rimini region. I ran events locally to fundraise and bring more awareness to the local community with regard to Crumlin Hospital. This included getting children in national schools involved. A large number of children in the local schools have either been to this hospital themselves or have siblings or peers that have been patients in the hospital.
Again in September 2011, we flew off to the panoramic hills of Northern Italy. Lots of training and preparations had began since early January in wet and cold weather, very little warm days!! But it Italy that year we had soaring heats of up to 34 degrees Celsius, which was tough on a lot of us, but we thoroughly enjoyed it also. The views again after the long climbs were breath taking, cycling through small historic towns that always welcomed group of cyclists in their coffee shops . If you would like to help the hospital and donate to this worthy cause follow this link: http://www.cmrf.org/fundraiser/show/355
In February 2011 I also sponsored and rose awareness for a local charity called Ribbon Rhythm festival in aid for Autism support for Donegal Families, which was be great weekend of music and fun. The fully packed weekend of artists will be in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal 26th & 27th February 2011. A great weekend was had, but the attendance was not what was expected. For more info http://www.ribbonrhythm.com/
Again in2011, on the May Bank Holiday weekend, I raised funds for Donegal Pet Rescue and took part in my first 10KM Run at the Northwest 10KM in Letterkenny. Go to Donegal Pet Rescue for more information. www.dpr.ie
If you would like to find out more about the race itself, go to the Northwest 10KM site.Donegal Pet Rescue
2012 as a quieter year for Niall and charities, as he and Maggie welcomed their second baby, a son Conor, who was preceded by Abigail 18 months previous, time was more scarce. But some events I did help locally, ran the Meentycat 15KM Airtricty for Twin Towns Boxing Club. After the success of the previous years, the day out was a great event. For details of 2011, log on to http://www.airtricity.com/community/presentation-of-the-2011-airtricity-meentycat-wind-farm-community-fund/?section=ROIDOM