The RNLI has joined forces with Kerry GAA star Colm Cooper to officially launch a fun run with a difference – the RNLI Reindeer Run will take place on Sunday 29 November in the Killarney National Park and all funds raised will go to saving lives at sea. The RNLI is now looking for runners and walkers to sign up for the novelty event.
Above: Members of the running group Fit for Life surround Mike McDonnell from Fenit
RNLI to publicise the first ever RNLI Reindeer Run in Ireland
The 5km Reindeer Run is open to runner and walkers of all ages and abilities. Due to the timing and theme of the run the charity is asking participants to enter into the spirit on the day and come in festive fancy dress. All runners will receive a free pair of antlers and will be joined on the day by the furry RNLI event mascot, Rookie the Reindeer.
From left: J.P. Brick, Fenit RNLI; David Buttimer, Fenit RNLI; Richard Quigley, Valentia RNLI Coxswain; Mick Smyth, Valentia RNLI; and Mike McDonnell, Fenit RNLI; surrounding Kerry GAA Star Colm Cooper and the Sam Maguire Cup
The charity is hoping for a big turnout and is calling on interested people to register as soon as possible. Seven other areas around the UK are also holding their own Reindeer Run for the RNLI including London, Dorset, Scotland and Wales. However, this is the first time one has been organised in Ireland.
Tracey McDonagh, RNLI Area Fundraising Manager said, "We are really hoping for a big turnout. People in Munster are very supportive of their lifeboats and we would love to see them out on the day having the craic and raising funds for the RNLI in Ireland. This is a family event and there is even a 2.5km Santa Saunter for the younger kids. We hope that following the success of this year that it will be an annual event in Ireland."
Kerry GAA star Colm Cooper and Mike McDonnell from Fenit RNLI hold the Sam Maguire at the launch of the RNLI Reindeer Run
To help launch the run the RNLI was honoured to have Kerry GAA star Colm Cooper lend his support. Colm added, "It is my pleasure to help the RNLI launch the Reindeer Run. Being a proud Kerryman I am very aware of the importance of the lifeboats to the community and of the volunteer lifeboat crew whose actions have saved many lives. It is a great charity and one that I hope people will support in any way they can."
For more information on this event please visit www.rnli.ie/reindeer or freefone 1800 789 589. Entry forms are also available locally at the offices of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce Beech Road and Feet First 28 High Street Killarney. The closing date is 23 November and entries cost euro 12 for the 5KM and euro 6 for the Santa Saunter (with under 5s free of charge).