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Wednesday 22 August 2018

EMERGENCY

Since 1983, when the first women's mini marathon was held, the Order of Malta Ireland have been on hand to deal with the aches and strains that can crop up when 40,000 women decide to walk or run a 10km distance.

"Over the years we have treated many participants, mostly for minor injuries but some not so minor," says Jimmy Maye, a member for more than 50 years and current PRO.

"As the longest-serving care organisation in the world -- established in Jerusalem in 1099 and in Ireland since 1174 -- we are proud to be associated with the longest-established women's race of its kind."

On the day, the Order of Malta tent is easily spotted just past the finish line.

"Our first-aid posts and ambulances are staffed by doctors, nurses and emergency-care personnel who are among the best qualified in Ireland. We are there to help anyone who needs us and are glad to do so in support of the charities benefiting from this great day."

Although it's a long-established charity and provides vital back-up to the HSE, the Order of Malta depends totally on public support.

"Apart from our first-aid and ambulance service, we provide community care in centres around the country -- an expanding element of our work.

"We have a respite and holiday facility in the SHARE village in Lisnaskea and participate in an International Camp for Young Handicapped in Europe run by Order of Malta every year. In 2013, Ireland will host this event for a third time. "On the international front, we provide aid in over 126 countries, especially when a disaster strikes."

Further info at www.orderofmalta.ie. Newcomers and help of any sort is always welcome

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