Monday 23 October 2017

Wexford locals make a colourful dash for Motor Neuron Disease

By Amy Lewis

Marie Reavey (IMNDA), Niamh Murphy. Kirsty Moran and Cllr Frank Staples at the cheque presentation.
Marie Reavey (IMNDA), Niamh Murphy. Kirsty Moran and Cllr Frank Staples at the cheque presentation.

Over 250 people were chasing rainbows in Kilmore last October at the Colour Dash Fundraiser in aid of Motor Neuron Disease.

A total of €4895 was raised for the Irish Motor Neuron Disease Association as a result of the colourful chase, which saw crowds of people running, walking and skipping a paint-splattered 4 km route. Participants tossed paint at one another as they made their way to Kilmore GAA Club, where a raffle took place after the run.

The event was the brainchild of Niamh Murphy, who holds the cause very close to her heart. Following the sad passing of her friend Jackie Parle due to Motor Neuron Disease in 2014, she said that she wanted to do something to help her to let go of him.

'I decided a Colour Run would be a great idea because it involved people of all ages,' said Niamh, who got her friend Kirsty Moran on board to help with the fundraising. 'We had an outstanding 250 people take part in the Colour Run, which I cannot get over.'

Two men with Motor Neurone Disease took part in the run, including Mark Attride, who Niamh described as a 'gentleman'.

'He walked last year in aid of MND but this year he was in a wheelchair, not able to speak. His family walked around the course with him and it was great to see it,' she said.

Unfortunately, Mark passed away before the cheque presentation was made in Mary Barry's on November 20. A moment of silence was held for Jackie, Mark and anyone who has or is suffering with the disease before Niamh and Kirsty presented their cheque to Marie Reavey of the IMNDA.

'I can't thank everyone enough. I would gladly consider having another fundraiser,' said Niamh.

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