Dundalk’s first Santa Fun Run and charity lunch on Friday, December 14, was a phenomenal success with over 100 Santas taking part in the race and over 200 booked into the lunch.
The theme of the event was for the business and civic community to re-connect with the local community and help to continue the festive spirit which started with the Night of Lights and in doing so, help to generate some footfall for retailers in the town.
The events raised a total of e18,000 including in-kind toys which were donated to The Men’s Shed, The Birches Alzheimer Day Care Centre and SOSAD.
St. Bridget’s School and other local charities received and distributed the toys donated by those attending the lunch.
In planning the event and in keeping with the community theme the organising committee contacted all the local schools in the region and asked them to nominate a child/family with an inspirational story to win a trip to Euro Disney.
Travis Foley and his family were selected from The Redeemer Boys School for a holiday to Euro Disney.
After leading a normal childhood up to the age of 6, Travis was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and is now permanently confined to a wheel chair. Despite his disability Travis has continued to attend mainstream school and is an inspirational to all those who he is in contact with.
The School Principlal Mr Frank Mullen who nominated Travis and his mother Tracey were keen to share Travis story and to create awareness of the disease. Michael Farrell Treasurer of Dundalk Chamber and a member of the organising committee thanked all businesses and local people for supporting the event and for helping make the event such a success for the local community.