RECORD numbers turned out on Sunday 8 September to participate in the fifth annual 5km Portarlington Run to Remember.
The event is always a poignant occasion, which allows people to collectively remember their loved ones who have passed away.
The run was fist organised in 2015 by staff at Portarlington Community Centre to remember Sandra Carr, a dear and valued colleague who, earlier that year, passed away from cancer.
The organisers have also helped to raise awareness of the work carried out by the Laois/Offaly Specialist Palliative Care Team, which recently changed its name to Laois Hospice. Part of the funds go to the hospice, with the remainder going to the Portarlington Community Centre Renovation Project.
The annual run has now become a huge community effort. Many local businesses and organisations donate their time, funds and goods on the day.
This year, the main sponsors were Portarlington Credit Union and Dunne’s Building Services. Other local businesses which helped out included Eddie’s Hot Pot and the Chef’s Gallery, Bouncing Castle by High Five Castles as well as Laois and Offaly Sports Partnerships, Portarlington Leisure Centre, Workforce Security, Phelan Hygiene, Portarlington Men’s Shed, Lidl, Cup Cake Ireland and Cooper’s. MC on the day was Mark Nielion.
As in previous years, all of the participants were invited to place a ribbon on the special remembrance tree at the community centre to remember their loved ones who have passed away. More than 100 ribbons adorned the tree this year. Also on Sunday, a remembrance slide show was shown of loved ones who have passed away.
Community centre manager Jonny Whitelegg said: “I wish to thank everyone who came along and took part. I also wish to thank all those who volunteered as stewards, as well as the voluntary director of the Community Centre and all those who lent their support, particularly all of the sponsors, who ensured the day was a huge success.”