herald

Sunday 16 December 2018

Holy cow batman! Fun run for 'real' superheros

THE country's superheroes big and small are being asked to dig out their capes, tights and facepaint to unveil their secret identities in aid of a Dublin hospital.

Batmen, Spider-men, Incredible Hulks and superheroes of all ages are invited to take part in the Super Hero Fun Run in aid of Our Lady's Children Hospital, Crumlin which takes place on October 5.

Costumes

The event kicks of at 10.30am in the Polo Grounds of the Phoenix Park and is organised by the Children's Medical and Research Foundation to raise much needed funds.

Ray Foley of Dublin's 98FM will be taking part in this year's one-mile run along with co-presenter, JP Gilbourne.

And the pair will be leaving their costumes in the hands of their breakfast show listeners who will vote on which superheroes they should be.

Speaking at the launch of the event yesterday Ray, who had donned a Batman costume, said: "People are frequently telling me I'm a big kid, both on air and off air. So I am genuinely excited about the chance to dress up as a superhero and run around for an hour or so.

"I think it is a great way to raise funds for a fantastic cause," he added.

Explaining the thinking behind the fun run, Joe Quinsey, CEO of the Children's Medical and Research Foundation, said: "When most people hear the word super hero, they think Superman or Wonder Woman, fictional characters that day in day out battle against the odds to win out against conspiring evil forces.

"But at Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin we have our very own super heroes. This event helps us raise funds by participating in what will be a fantastic family day in the Phoenix Park," he added.

The foundation hopes to raise €12m to fund the needs of Our Lady's Hospital and the National Children's Research Centre.

Details are available by calling 1890 507508 or logging on to www.crumlinsuperhero.ie.

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