By Denis J. Croke
DESPITE the times that are in it, the annual St Stephen’s Day 5km event held by Portlaoise Athletic Club in aid of the Cuisle Centre went ahead this year – but in a very different way.
For the last number of years, people of all ages have got out to walk, run or jog the Christmas Day turkey off on 26 December in aid of the Cuisle Centre.
However, the Covid-19 pandemic changed that this year with the majority of this year’s event having to take place online.
Club member Aengus Burke explained: “For non members we are asked people to complete a virtual run or walk on St Stephen’s Day and make a donation on their Go Fund Me page.
“They encouraged participants to WhatsApp pictures to 087-6100908 and the club would post them up.”
Club members completed the normal route in small groups under strict Covid guidelines between 10 am and midday on St Stephen’s Day.
“More than ever the Cuisle Centre needed all our support this year,” added Aengus.
And that is exactly what the participants did, raising an incredible €2,025 on the day.
“Brilliant work and well done to everyone who took part and/or donated to this very worthy cause,” said Aengus.
He also had a special word of thanks for Paul Cuddy and FBD for their donation to kick things off once again this year.
“Happy New Year to everyone and hopefully 2021 will bring better times,” concluded Aengus.