Refreshments will be available in the GAA Clubhouse after the
Come along and enjoy a scenic run/walk in the Blarney Castle
grounds while supporting this great cause!!
Buggies, bikes and dogs are not permitted.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE YOUR MONEY MADE....
A whopping €23,264 was raised in total from last year’s event.
The Build4life charity used these funds to purchase two Bi-level
Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP) machines. What is their function?
A BiPAP machine is a breathing apparatus which helps CF sufferers
get more air into their lungs. The airways are kept open using this.
The machine is adjusted to dual settings so that the pressure of the
air coming in on inhalation can be different from the pressure of air
being exhaled. This is hugely beneficial because it allows the patient
to get more air in and out of the lungs without having to exert
substantial amounts of muscle energy.
Furthermore, the new ward (5B) in CUH containing the new adult
isolated inpatient bedrooms is now finally open. The impact of this on
the quality of care, health and general well-being of CF sufferers
cannot be overstated. There is much more to say on this but quite
simply, its existence will greatly reduce the substantial risk of cross
infection among CF patients. Sadly and regrettably, cross infection has
at times proven to be a fatal factor where CF patients are concerned
over the years. It is our belief the addition of this ward will prove
truly vital in time.
WHAT IS CYSTIC FIBROSIS?
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an inherited chronic disease that primarily
affects the lungs and digestive system of about 1200 children and
adults in Ireland (70,000 worldwide). A defective gene and its protein
product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus. This
mucus clogs the lungs leading to life threatening lung infections,
obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body
to break down/absorb food.
The impact of CF can vary from one person to another. There are
some people with CF who live until their teens and there are others
that live in to their fifties. Ireland has among some of the most
severe strains of CF. It also has the highest incidence (per head of
population) in the world with three times the rate of the United States
and the rest of the European Union.
Many thanks in advance for your support. We would like to
re-iterate our appreciation for any donation you can make - it will
make a difference.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact myself,
Stephen or Peter by phone or email - details below.
Niamh Ahern : mobile (087) 9055593; mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephen O'Brien: mobile (087) 9412391; mail to email@example.com
Peter Ahern : mobile (087) 2665307; mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Niamh Ahern
From the Organisers
It’s hard to believe almost 12 months have passed since we held our
inaugural 5K charity run/walk in the grounds of Blarney Castle in
November of last year. Its phenomenal success was solely down to your
incredible generosity. This generosity manifested itself through many
different guises. The level of donation, volunteerism and the
unquantifiable spirit of all who contributed/attended left us utterly
speechless. We want to extend an absolutely massive thank you to
It went that well, we feel it would be remiss of us not to have another
day out! Therefore, I am delighted to announce we (Stephen O’ Brien, my
brother Peter, and I) are again organizing a 5km charity run/walk to be
held at the same venue that of the Blarney Castle grounds, on Saturday
the 28th of November in aid of Build4Life/Cystic Fibrosis (CF).