Carrigallen 10km success

Over 100 people took part in the first annual 10K road race in Carrigallen, County Leitrim on Saturday, June 30. The race was held in aid Muscular Dystrophy Ireland (MDI) and over €4,000 was raised and will go towards funding the respite support services MDI provide to individuals and families affected by muscular dystrophy and allied neuromuscular conditions.

Over 100 people took part in the first annual 10K road race in Carrigallen, County Leitrim on Saturday, June 30. The race was held in aid Muscular Dystrophy Ireland (MDI) and over €4,000 was raised and will go towards funding the respite support services MDI provide to individuals and families affected by muscular dystrophy and allied neuromuscular conditions.

The race was a great susses and all levels of fitness were catered for on the day. According to Vinny and Kathy Lyons event organisers members of Muscular DystrophyIreland: “We were overwhelmed with the support received on the day by the local Carrrigallen community and surrounding communities. MDI sincerely appreciate all the donations received, volunteers time and the fundraising efforts contributed to the fundraising event”. The Carrigallen 10K Road Race was a fun day out with the aim to raise vital funds and awareness for the respite support services MDI provide to individuals and families with muscular dystrophy living in Leitrim. Muscular DystrophyIrelandis a voluntary organisation which provides information and support to people with muscular dystrophy and other neuromuscular conditions and their families through a wide range of support services.

Families affected by the condition muscular dystrophy need different supports and MDI strives to provide services based on individual needs. It does this through the provision of: family support, youth support, emergency respite, youth activities and a National Resource Centre for Neuromuscular Conditions, Chapelizod Dublin. This centre supports all aspects of living with a neuromuscular condition from point of diagnosis, to the need for information through to direct support services that are required.

The centre incorporates a display area for aids and appliances and the use of specialized equipment e.g. hoist, slings, power chairs & profile beds etc. The centre also contains the Home from Home apartment a self-catering, wheelchair accessible three bed roomed apartment adapted to the highest specification to empower and promote independent living for people with physical & sensory disabilities.

This apartment provides breaks for people with disabilities and their families. It is about ensuring that the disabled person is part of the community. It also provides the family with the opportunity to book the apartment as a whole family.

Proceeds from the Carrigallen Race will be used towards the provision of the Respite Support Services the charity provides to 611 members. It is essential that those affected by muscular dystrophy, their carers and family members have adequate respite on a regular and frequent basis in order to support and maintain the physical and emotional health of all concerned. Respite is a means of giving carers a physical break from what is continuous and demanding work. Without this type of support, enormous strain both physical and emotional is experienced by carers. Weekend breaks, respite in the home, and youth and adult summer camps are offered to members and their families. Regular and secure funding for this respite service is essential, to enable members and families to have a good quality of living.

For further information on Muscular Dystrophy Irelandor if you would like to fundraise / volunteer with the charity please contact Amy Bramleyat 01 6236414 or email amy@mdi.ie.