Sligo Gardai went above and beyond the call of duty – five kilometres beyond in fact – to raise funds for Crumlin Children’s Hospital at the weekend.
The gardai had intended to run 100km in relay throughout the day at Quayside Shopping centre, but in the end they ran 105k instead, but succeeded in raising some vital funds for this very worthy cause.
Running on two treadmills placed on the top tier of the Quayside Shopping Centre, the gardai started their long run at 11am on Saturday morning last, June 2.
“Twenty-one Gardai from the Sligo/Leitrim Division ran 5km each between 11am and 4pm, so we actually ended up running 105km instead of the planned 100,” said one of the organisers, Ronan Mooney.
“While this was going on, a bucket collection was taking place in the Centre and around Sligo town centre. The whole purpose of this was to raise money for Crumlin Children’s Hospital and thanks to the generosity of Sligo public we did that.”
Ronan also thanked the various businesses who helped out with the event. The Sanovitae Spa in the Clarion Hotel provided one of the treadmills. The other was provided by Suzanne Gilmore.
O’Hehir’s Bakery kept the energy levels high with refreshments for the runners throughout the day and Christine Dolan and her staff at Quayside Shopping Centre provided invaluable support and encouragement too.
“I would like to thank everyone who supported our efforts to raise funds for this great cause,” added Ronan.