Friday 15 December 2017

Week 6: CFI's One in 1,000 celebrates sense of community spirit

The new One in 1,000 has raised over €700,000
The new One in 1,000 has raised over €700,000

With the Vhi Women's Mini Marathon less than three months away, Cystic Fibrosis Ireland (CFI) are hoping to make this year's event their biggest to date by recruiting over 1,000 women to take up the challenge as part of their One in 1,000 Campaign.

The One in 1,000 Campaign was established in 2010 by Zoe Woodward, a mother of two young girls with cystic fibrosis.

Recognising the vital need for a dedicated in-patient unit at Our Lady's Children's Hospital Crumlin for children with CF, she set up the campaign which aims to recruit over 1,000 women to take part in the Women's Mini Marathon and raise much needed funds for CFI.

The original core idea behind One in 1,000 was that 10 women would recruit 10 more women to join them and take part in the Mini Marathon, making 100 participants. Those 100 ladies would then each recruit a further 10 women making 1,000 participants!

Speaking about the recruitment drive, fundraising coordinator Nuala McAuley said: "Fundraising is a vital source of income for CFI and One in 1,000 is a major event in the CFI calendar. However, the Vhi Women's Mini Marathon is so much more than a fundraising event. It is a fun day out and a celebration of community spirit. Each individual participant matters and that's what the One in 1,000 does, it recognises each individual's contribution as part of a larger team."

Since it began, the One in 1,000 Campaign has raised over €700,000. Funds raised through the campaign are used to improve services for children and adults with CF in Ireland.

The Vhi Women's Mini Marathon is a 10km route that caters to all levels of fitness.

"People can be put off participating because they don't feel like they can run 10km, but the Mini Marathon is not a race. Whether you run, jog walk or even crawl it is the taking part that matters.

"The first step is the hardest, but with a team of 1,000 by your side we will ensure you cross the finish line and have fun along the way," added Nuala.

>Dan O'Neill

To learn more about cystic fibrosis, the work of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland and the One in 1,000 Campaign visit www.cfireland.ie

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