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Cregmore National School Community will host a major fundraising event on Saturday, April 2, in support of little Jonah Murphy, a six-year old boy born with a very serious and rare heart condition.

Jonah is the only son of teaching staff member Edel Glynn and her husband Jonathan Murphy, is affectionately known as “Jonah, the little Heart Warrior”, due to his determination and resilience.

Jonah continues to defy all the medical experts in terms of reaching his developmental milestones, despite the fact that he also suffered a brain stem injury shortly after birth.

Unfortunately, in recent years, many fundraising initiatives for small charities, like those who supported Jonah, suffered the most as a result of Covid 19 restrictions.

Jonah, despite his progress, still requires round the clock monitoring, many therapies and specialised equipment. Consequently, this major fundraising initiative will allow Jonah and his family to avail of futher medical support and equipment, coupled with some respite in the form of night-time nursing care.

This event, the brainchild of the staff of Cregmore National School, wil coincide with a school-based venture whereby all pupils and staff will participate in either a full or half marathon between March 21, and Friday, April 8.

This “School Marathon” will take place on the school’s newly constructed running track and the school community are delighted to have received the support of Marathon Kids Ireland, a voluntary organisation promoting general wellbeing through running.

Already several well-known sporting personalities have come on board in support of this initiative, including henry Shefflin, Daithi Burke, Bundee Aki, Padraic Joyce, Galway United FC and Irish Olympian Cillin Greene.

The highlight of this initiative will take place on Saturday April 2nd from 10am to 2.30pm with a 5km road Run/Walk and a Family Fun Day. This Road Run/Walk commences at 11.30am, starting at Cregmore National School’s car park.

The entry fee is €20 and people can register in advance through WhatsApp (087-7906800) or on the day between 10am and 11am at the school. Those who register early will receive a free t-shirt which can be worn on the day.

Participants are asked to wear red if at all possible, red being the symbol of Jonah’s little heart. Those wishing to make an online donation can do sy by visiting Gofund,me, “Run-in-RedforJonah”. Alternatively, anyone wishing to participate in a Virtual Run, particularly those living away or overseas can do sy by uploading their participation or message onto Instagram/Facebook “RuninRedforJonah”. Cregmore National School or on 091-799037, 087-7206800 or by email, [email protected] The link to these pages can also be found on the school website wwwcregmorens.ie

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