Dundalk Santa Fun Run/Walk and Business Christmas Charity Lunch Raises In Excess of €50,000 for Local Charities
The organising committee of the second combined Dundalk’s Santa Fun Run on the 29th November and Charity Lunch on the 13th December in the Crowne Plaza would like to announce that the total funds raised at both events was €50,000 including in-kind toys valued at €5000. This brings the total funds raised for local charities to €80,000 since the event was launched in 2012. The Santa Fun Run was a phenomenal success with in excess of 5,000 Santa’s taking part. The feel good factor it brought to the town could not be measured in monetary terms with a sea of red kick starting the festive season. An application has been submitted to the Guinness Book of Records to determine whether Dundalk will be recorded as the official World Record Breakers.
Five nominated charities (The Men Shed, North Louth Hospice, SNAP, Lordship Children’s Respite Centre and SOSAD) received an interim payment of €8,000 each and a further 13 local charities received a donation of €500. Sponsorship money is still being collected and it is anticipated that a final payment will be made in January 2014.
In addition, we received a total of six nominations to send a local child and their family to a trip to Euro Disney. In what was a very difficult decision, the committee awarded the voucher for Euro Disney valued at €2,000 to David O’Hare and his family. The other five children each received vouchers valued at €250 which will be spent in local shops. The toys were donated to St Bridget’s School and local charities such as Women’s Aid, St. Vincent De Paul and Dundalk Rotary Club.
Paddy Matthews president of Dundalk Chamber of Commerce reiterated his thanks to the local community and businesses for supporting the event and making it a tremendous success. All money raised has been used to the benefit of local charities and children and the Santa Run itself really helped promote all that is good about Dundalk and Co Louth. The committee is already looking forward to next year and hope to build on this year’s momentum to create an event better event for the community.