FAMILIES from Portlaoise and Stradbally joined RTÉ broadcaster Ray D’Arcy at a national fun run to promote organ donation.
The McGills from Portlaoise said they were delighted to support the ‘Run for a Life’ for the second year in a row. The run represents a cause very close to their hearts, as several members of the family have polycystic kidney disease.
Dermot McGill’s mother Josie had a kidney transplant in 2016 after almost a decade of dialysis treatment, while one of her sisters has undergone two kidney transplants.
Dermot’s fitness-instructor wife Bríd and their two children joined nearly 500 others in the Irish Kidney Association’s (IKA) family fun run in support of the charity’s work to promote organ donation and transplantation.
Bríd’s friend Paula Guinan and her family from Stradbally also took part in the special event held at Corkagh Park in Dublin on Saturday 25 May.
Paula was delighted to be the first lady across the finish line in the 10km distance for the second year in a row. People of all ages and fitness levels came out to support the run, which included a range of distances.
Organ donor awareness ambassador Ray D’Arcy is the first IKA national ambassador to run in the event, which is now in its 11th year. The popular broadcaster said it was great to be part of such a life-affirming event. He added: “We need to get people talking with their loved ones about organ donation. If they don’t know how you feel, it’s impossible for them to make an informed decision when the unspeakable happens.”
Run for a Life race organiser Colin White of the IKA said the charity fundraiser was a positive way to promote organ donor awareness and it has enjoyed wonderfully loyal support from many people year after year.
Among those loyal annual supporters is Professor Jim Egan, a lung physician at the Mater Hospital and director of Organ Donation Transplant Ireland (ODTI), who once again showed up and ran the 5km distance.