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Children’s cancer charities to benefit from family fundraiser

A fundraising walk/run event and a family fun day will be held in Culloville on Sunday 7th June to raise money for children’s cancer charities.

Local couple Patrick and Carol Anne McKeever set about organizing the event in appreciation of the care and support they received following their young son’s battle with leukaemia.  Eoin was just four-years-old when he was diagnosed in January 2013.  Now, following more than two years of intensive and grueling treatment, Eoin is enjoying good health and is back at his desk in Clonalig Primary School.  Patrick says the family took the decision to fundraise to “give something back” to the children’s cancer charities who were instrumental in helping Eoin recover and who offered immense support to the whole family during his illness.

Beneficiaries of the fundraiser include Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin where Eoin received his life-saving bone marrow transplant; the Royal Children’s Hospital Haematology Unit in Belfast where he was initially treated; Ronald McDonald House in Dublin, which provides accommodation and support for families of seriously ill children; the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children; and Bandanas for the Brave, a small charity which makes cartoon character bandanas for children who have lost their hair through chemotherapy.

The fundraising walk/run, with an entry fee of £10.00, will cover a 6km route beginning from and returning to Culloville Community Centre and is suited for all levels of fitness and ability.  It will get underway at 11.00am and will be immediately followed with a family fun day at the community centre.  This will feature a range of children’s entertainment and activities with special appearances by Tommy Trickster, Magician and Phil’s Mobile Farm.  There will also be kid’s face painting, bouncy castles [kindly sponsored by CS Party Animals], barbecue and a fundraising raffle for which tickets are currently on sale locally.

All prizes have been donated or sponsored ensuring the total proceeds of the day will go directly to the benefitting charities.  The McKeever family and organisers of the event take this opportunity to thank everyone who has donated raffle prizes and sponsored activities for the fun day.

To date, the response has been excellent and more than 200 participants have already signed up to take part in the fun run/walk.  For more information on the event or to register your interest in participating or making a donation to this worthy fundraiser, organisers can be contact on the facebook page ‘6k Fun Run and Family Fun Day’.