Deirdre Boyle from Creeslough and Pauric O’Donnell from Letterkenny hope to complete the run in two days this Friday and Saturday.
The pair are traveling to Uganda on July 19th to volunteer with the Loving Hearts Babies Home in Kampala, Uganda.
They have been training hard for the 2.5 marathon run by clocking up to 70 miles each over the past eight weeks.
“The level of support we have received from friends, family and strangers is absolutely fantastic – the generosity of Irish people knows no bounds. It’s a difficult challenge we’ve set ourselves but we’ll be keeping our focus on the reason we’re doing this and the kids who are going to benefit from it,” Deirdre explained.
Pauric added “It’s the hardest challenge we’ve ever set ourselves, but we’re confident that with the support we’ve received and in the training we’ve completed that we will be able to achieve our goals and raise as much as possible for the orphanage in the process.”
The Loving Hearts Babies Home (www.lovingheartsbabies.com) is a place abandoned babies from 0 to 2 years call home.
They are committed to observe and maintain the dignity and rights of the abandoned/orphaned babies by providing the basic individual needs as enjoyed by other privileged babies with caring families.
Pauric would like to thank Danny Ryan and the rest of the Core Training Group from Letterkenny for helping prepare him for the run as well as John Grant, Damien McGoohan and Terance Boyle who are their support crew this weekend.
Deirdre would like to especially thank her family and friends who supported her in the build up to the run including John Boylan, Conal McFadden and her sister Evelyn for all their training help and everyone else who has sponsored and offered help to her efforts!
Special thanks also goes to Tommy Gallagher from CorePro Fitness, Letterkenny who worked hard as the physio for the guys and to Brian McMonagle who has generously donated the use of the HydroTherapy in Aura Leisure Centre to the runners in the build up to the weekend – something that Pauric and Deirdre found essential in their training recovery and run preparation.
If you’d like to sponsor the guys, in the knowledge that every penny will be taken straight to those who need it, you can do so on their online donation page here…