Man to run for Japan crisis

A DUNDALK man who is running a marathon in Japan on June 6 for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami is re-iterating his call for support.

A DUNDALK man who is running a marathon in Japan on June 6 for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami is re-iterating his call for support.

Emmet Agnew from Doylesfort Road is planning to run a marathon in the Japanese city of Hokkaido next month and he is hoping the people of Dundalk will get behind him.

“I know times are tough in Ireland at the moment but I’d very grateful if people would sponsor me for the marathon,” said Emmet.

The 32-year-old is married to a Japanese citizen and has vowed to remain in Japan despite nuclear radiation fears following a devastating earthquake and tsunami.

“I’d like to do my bit to help those who are suffering. A lot of people lost their family members, their homes and their livelihoods.”

Emmet teaches English in a school near Hokkaido, which is about 700km north of the most severely hit areas around Sendai,on the east coast of Japanese mainland Honshu.

Measured at 8.9 by the US Geological Survey, Japan’s most powerful earthquake since records began struck the northeast coast, triggering a massive tsunami on Friday, March 11 last at 14:46 local time (5.46am Irish time) at a depth of about 24km.

Three reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant went into meltdown after the tsunami destroyed the plant’s cooling systems. Efforts to stop leaking radiation and get the reactors under control are expected to continue into next year. The president of the utility behind the nuclear disaster announced on Friday last he was stepping down.

Anyone who would like to sponsor Emmet for the Japanese marathon can make a donation via the Irish Red Cross who are raising funds for the relief effort. To make a donation go online and visit www.mycharity.ie/event/emmetsmarathon/ or check out www.redcross.ie.