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iCare Charity to host first ever Purple Run at Gosford for two very worthy causes

The Milford-based iCare will host its first ever Purple Run in Gosford Forest Park this Saturday – its biggest ‘one day’ fundraising event to date.

Get underway at 11am, the charity event consists of a 3k family and pet fun walk and a competitive, time chipped 5k and 10k run.

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Pictured at the launch of The Purple Run are members of the iCare Purple Run Committee

All proceeds raised will be divided between the iCare Heart Defibrillator Campaign and the Craigavon Neo Natal Unit.

The 3k walk event is open to children, adults, pets and families.

The 5k and 10k run is a time chipped race and an excellent opportunity for competitive runners to enjoy a morning in the surrounds of Gosford Forest Park.

Speaking at the launch, Mairead Mackle, iCare Charity founding member, said: “We are delighted to officially launch The Purple Run Charity event.

“The committee have been working tirelessly over the last few months to put all the plans in place for what promises to be an excellent day out for families and competitive runners alike.

“We would encourage everyone in the surrounding areas to come along and help us raise much needed funds for both the iCare Heart Defibrillator Campaign and the Craigavon Neo Natal Unit – two very worthy causes.

“The Neo Natal Unit provides an exceptional and critical service to families across our whole community.”

Registration is available online until 11pm today, Tuesday, August 9, August and on the day of the event between 9am and 10.30am.

The 10k costs £20, 5k costs £15, 3k fun walk costs £10 and a family ticket costs £20.

Every participant will receive a purple iCare t-shirt and a goody bag on completion.

Full details including online registration and costs can be found on or on Facebook: “ICare Purple Run – 10k/5k & 3k fun run”.

Based in Milford, the iCare Charity was originally founded by Homecare Independent living employees in 2010.

The charity developed its iCare Wish Initiative which allows any members of the public to nominate someone in their local community to be granted a wish – a personal or practical ‘gift’ that can often make a real difference to that person’s life.

In order to support these wishes, the iCare team volunteer their time throughout the year to organise and implement a range of fundraising initiatives, which reaches out and engages with communities across Ireland.

The charity is 100% volunteer led.   To date the charity has hosted a range of national and local fundraising events including its annual 17 nights Christmas extravaganza, Santa’s Gatelodge.

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