Lots of Longford support for ‘Leg it for Lorraine’ charity fundraiser

Public meeting in Dromard for Lorraine Cox receives overwhelming local support

Kevin Forde

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Barry Kiernan, Dermot Reilly from Dromard GAA, Aisling Dowdall, Chairman Bernie Coghlan, Jackie McDonald, Sinead Larkin, Fionnuala Martin and Paul McEntire at the 'Leg it for Lorraine' public meeting

Barry Kiernan, Dermot Reilly from Dromard GAA, Aisling Dowdall, Chairman Bernie Coghlan, Jackie McDonald, Sinead Larkin, Fionnuala Martin and Paul McEntire at the 'Leg it for Lorraine' public meeting

The public meeting for the ‘Leg it for Lorraine’ charity fundraiser took place on February 28 at the Dromard clubhouse. The aim of the meeting was plan an upcoming charity event, the ‘Leg it for Lorraine’ 24-hour Walkathon in aid of Dromard’s Lorraine Cox.

Lorraine is a 38-year-old, mother of three, who suffers from Motor Neurone Disease and the aim of the fundraising initiative is to provide Lorraine and her young family with opportunities to make some cherished memories together.

One of the organisers of the upcoming event, Bernie Coghlan, informed the Longford Leader that there was a huge interest in the public meeting, with over forty in attendance.

Bernie said: “It went great. We had about forty people at the meeting.”

“We were originally looking to get 24 team leaders, but we have got 36 team leaders signed up.”

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Bernie noted that although many locals were not able to attend the meeting on the night, they have still pledged their support to the initiative.  In fact, organisers have already handed out 300 sponsorship cards to date and have had to order more to meet demand.

“We had 300 sponsorship cards and they’re all gone,” Bernie informed the Leader.

“One girl informed us that she brought her sponsorship card to work on Friday and has already got €250.”

Bernie lauded the support and generosity shown by locals in helping their cause and thanked them for their help thus far.

She said: “People are just taking it into their hearts and running with it.”

Anyone looking to donate to this very worthy cause can do it through the official fundraiser page here. Alternatively, for those looking to help out over the course of the event, you can contact Bernie on 086-6097881.