We spoke to the amazing Lisa Browne, leader of the Louth Support Group, who previously ran the VHI Women's Mini Marathon in aid of Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland. In 2014, they raised a fantastic €3000 for Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland and had a great day in the process.
In this short interview, Lisa discussed the group's experience fundraising for and participating in the marathon.
We wanted to raise money for Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland. We also wanted to raise awareness, put on the t-shirts, and show people that there is such a thing as Dyspraxia/DCD.
Everybody tried to raise as much as they could. We circulated sponsorship cards with friends and family. In total, 15 people from our support group walked, jogged, or ran the Mini Marathon. We also asked a TD to donate money towards our bus to Dublin and he gave us €300. Councillor Kenneth Flood also helped with donations.
We had a great day out! It was nice for everyone to get out and meet each other, big gang of women all together, we had a great time. We met in Louth where everyone got on the bus then when we made it to Dublin, we met Harry, from Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland, in the Gaiety and left all our stuff there.
It was a lovely day and we went out to join the crowds, at that stage we separated as some walked, others jogged etc. A lot of us who did the Mini Marathon wouldn’t even make all the support group meetings so it was great to have a day to meet and talk. After, we finished the marathon, we met back at the Gaiety where Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland had fruit and bars for us.. some people also sneaked off to the pub!
You have to keep pushing it, tag as many friends and family as you have. You can even set up your own private Mini Marathon Facebook group. We did that and kept it updated with information from the VHI Womens Mini Marathon Page. it’s kind of pestering but in a nice way! Also it's important to point out that the race does sell out so don’t leave it too late! Once it's full, that’s it!!
If you require further information or assistance, please contact Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01-8747085.