Wexford's Ben5k raised massive €17,000 for hospital
THE inaugural Ben5k road race raised a massive €17,000 for the Children's Medical Research Foundation Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin.
The Wexford-based race, involving both walkers and runners, took place in March and drew its inspiration from ita hero Ben Wadding who sadly died, aged 3, in 2012, after a brave battle with cancer.
The cheque was handed over recently at the County Hall by members of Ben's family, his parents Bernard and Emma, Eoin and Orla Wadding to Gerry Cully from Crumlin Hospital.
Eight hundred people took part in the race, which proved a huge success and which is planned now as an annual occasion. It was the first Operation Transformation event for Wexford in 2015.
The idea for this very different race came from a group of friends got together and decided to organise a charity race with all proceeds to go to Crumlin Hospital.