Cool runnings: Charity boss thanks hundreds of Kilkenny participants who took part in GOAL Mile
Thank you – that’s the message to the hundreds of people who turned out in Kilkenny to take part in a GOAL Mile over the Christmas period.
There were two events in Kilkenny – it was the first time for a GOAL Mile in Castlecomer and the 13th year of the GOAL Mile in Thomastown.
“There was a significant increase in the numbers who did the GOAL Mile in Thomastown this year,” organiser of the Thomastown GOAL Mile, Mags Kirwan, said.
“There was a wonderful sense of community and people were delighted to give something back to those who are so less fortunate than us.”
Now in its 38th year, the GOAL Mile is one of Ireland’s largest and longest-running annual fundraising events. It is steeped in tradition for people who build in a GOAL Mile as part of their Christmas routine.
“A huge thanks to GOAL Mile organisers in Kilkenny and around Ireland for their support this year,” CEO of GOAL, Siobhan Walsh, said.
“Millions of euros have been raised to support GOAL’s work in the developing world since the first GOAL Mile was staged in 1982.The widespread support of the people of Ireland for the GOAL Mile embodies the true spirit of Christmas. I would like to thank the thousands of people who started their Christmas day taking action to support others.
“The theme of our Christmas Campaign this year is Far From Home, and I am grateful to all of the dedicated GOAL workers who themselves were far from home this Christmas caring for the families who are displaced from their homes through war, conflict, drought and extreme poverty.
“The Christmas GOAL mile is much more than an event. It is a very powerful reminder that the people of Ireland will always go the extra mile and in doing so, help create a better world. ”
This year over 140 GOAL Miles were organised all over Ireland. GOAL Miles also took place abroad in South Sudan, Texas, Poland, Sweden and with the Defence Forces in the Golan Heights.
Last year GOAL reached more than 5.5m people in need around the world.
The vital work of the 2,500 GOAL personnel working in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America included supporting those displaced by the ongoing conflict in Syria; running nutrition programmes saving the lives of infants under the age of six months in refugee camps in Ethiopia and providing emergency response to thousands of people affected by Cyclone Ida in Zimbabwe.