A Kerry based gym instructor’s ambitious target of raising €100,000 for people in Ireland who live with Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus has now reached the €1,000 mark.
Following on from his ’12 Marathons, 12 Days’ in 2014, when Shane Finn raised €36,000 for Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland (SBHI), the unstoppable Kerry man is now back with double the distance – a total of 628.8 miles – to conquer!
Shane Finn is set to run 24 marathons in 24 days this summer and SBHI is supporting him all the way.
24-year-old Shane will set off from Donegal on 22nd June and make his way through 24 counties as he covers a marathon a day for 24 days, ending in his home town of Dingle on Sunday, 15th July.
With €99k still to be raised, SBHI is urging the people of Ireland to also get behind our ‘Marathon Man’ by making a donation, giving sponsorship, running a marathon with Shane, or organising a fundraising event.
With this ambitious fundraising target of €100,000, Shane’s motivation for 24 Marathons, 24 Days is his cousin Mary Evans. Living in Celbridge in Co. Kildare, 35-year-old Mary, like thousands of other people in Ireland, lives with two conditions, Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus.
‘When thinking about what I could do to follow on from 12 Marathons, 12 Days, I imagined how many people could be helped if I raised €100,000,’ explains Shane.
‘I came up with the number 24 not because it is double of 12, or because I turned 24, but because there are 24 hours in a day and 24 hours a day can often be difficult for someone with Spina Bifida and their families.
‘We complain about small things like being tired or being sore and not having the things we want, but our daily problems and complaints are insignificant when compared with the challenge faced by lots of people living with these conditions. When I visit my cousin Mary, I am aware that for her, it is every day that she lives with Spina Bifida.”
SBHI is the national organisation which works to ensure that every person living with one or both conditions, including Mary, is given the best opportunities to fulfil their true potential.
Supporting more than 2,000 people who know Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus to be a reality in their lives, the staff and volunteers at SBHI work to increase awareness about Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus, as well as the essential funds which ensure that this unique service can be sustained.
The charity is fortunate to have people, such as Shane, who are willing to get involved in fundraising on such a scale. However, to make a fundraising event of this size a success requires investment. The aim, in backing SBHI’s ‘Marathon Man’ Shane is to recruit as much awareness, sponsorship, and support as possible.
‘Through professional support services, two Resource Centres, a fantastic respite programme, quality education work, and the management required to deliver measurable, impactful change, SBHI is a charity on the up,’ explains SBHI CEO, Tom Scott.
‘We would love to welcome as many people as possible on board through this epic 24 Marathons, 24 Days challenge!
‘You could come on board as one of our 24 Corporate Sponsors: we will have one lead sponsor each day of the 24 marathon days. We also need, either through direct provision or sponsorship, accommodation, food and drink, vehicles, equipment, merchandise, and printing.
‘Whether you feel you are a potential volunteer, donor, sponsor, or cheerleader, you can be involved to help make this event a real success.”
You can find out more information about this Kerry man’s incredible undertaking on www.24marathons24days.ie and you can donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Shane-Finn-24marathons24days