Training for a marathon can be a tough and sometimes lonely business but Maeve Curley from Lavey has come up with a novel solution. Maeve, a member of Termoneeny Running Club is doing the London Marathon for Children’s Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF) and currently has 150 people around the world joining in with her training and her fundraising!
“I’ve called it the Tedathon,” says Maeve. “I’m asking people to pledge £10 to walk, run, swim or cycle for 5K or 30 minutes each day during December,” says Maeve. “You’ll get a wonderful medal (which doubles as a Christmas tree bauble) so it’s a simple way to boost fitness and raise money for a fantastic cause.
“To have a child suffer liver failure and go through transplant at just 22 months is truly traumatic but Children’s Liver Disease Foundation have been there for us with information and emotional support all along. We want every family in our situation to have that kind of support and this is my way of giving something back.
“With the help of Declan and Emma Leung at Virtual Run NI, I have been spreading the word and now have 150 people of all ages and abilities joining me from as far afield as France, Moscow, Brazil and Australia. With December just days away we still have 50 places left so when could be a better time to improve fitness than during this month of indulgence?”
Alison Taylor, Chief Executive of Children’s Liver Disease Foundation commented: “CLDF is the only UK charity dedicated to fighting all childhood liver diseases, by providing information and emotional support, funds for research and a voice for all those affected. In order to do this however, we rely on voluntary donations, so we are delighted to hear about the Tedathon. What a fantastic and fun way to get people involved in raising awareness and funds!”
To sign up to the Tedathon go to http://bit.ly/32piz4K.
If you don’t wish to take part in the Tedathon but would still like to support Maeve in her London Marathon challenge you can do so at https://www.justgiving.com/tedathon19.