Wexford local to go ninety for charity

By Amy Lewis

Published 07/07/2015 | 00:00

96-year old Ned Fenlon from Galbally and his family who will be taking part in Nepal Fun Run. With Ned are Erin George, Kyle George, Catherine George, Be Fenlon, Ann Marie Laffan, Caitlin Laffan and Gary Laffan.
96-year old Ned Fenlon from Galbally and his family who will be taking part in Nepal Fun Run. With Ned are Erin George, Kyle George, Catherine George, Be Fenlon, Ann Marie Laffan, Caitlin Laffan and Gary Laffan.

Ninety-six year old Ned Fenlon will be giving others a run for their money when he takes part in the Wexford Runs 4 Nepal Fun Run on July 12.

Accompanied by his two daughters and grandchildren, the Galbally-native will complete the 5 kilometer race in a wheelchair. According to his daughter Catherine George, he is waiting in anticipation for the big day.

'He has been counting down the days until the race,' she said. 'I think he is more excited than his grandchildren!'

Ned will also be joined by his daughter Anne-Marie, along with grandchildren Aaron, Kyle, Gary and Caitlin. Eight-year-old Aaron, who attends Glanbally National School, hopes to push his grandfather across the finish line.

According to Catherine, her father is a major part of the community who enjoys helping those in need.

'Over the years, he has always been very involved in things,' she said. 'He has raised a lot of money for charity.'

Catherine and her sister hope to pass on this generosity to their children, by showing them that they can 'have fun while helping people.'

The run, which begins and ends at Leisure Max, is aimed at everyone. All money raised from the event will go to Trócaire in aid of victims of Nepal.

Siobhán Doyle, who organised the run with Terese Byrne, expects a big crowd on the day.

'Based on the positive feedback we've received, I reckon we could have up to 700 people there,' said Siobhán, who is principal of Scoil Eoin Baiste in Galbally.

The ladies decided to organise a fundraiser that involves the whole family.

'The idea of this event is to encourage families to help other families elsewhere,' she explained.

There will be special spot prizes up for grabs for the winners, all of which have been donated by local businesses.

'The people of Wexford have been so supportive,' said Siobhán. Refreshments will be available in Leisuremax afterwards.

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