Olympic and Commonwealth Triathlete Helps Launch Marie Curie Fundraising Events

Aileen Reid encourages people to support Marie Curie and take part in special fundraising events

Olympic and Commonwealth triathlete Aileen Reid has lent her support to leading palliative care provider Marie Curie by helping to officially launch three very special fundraising events for the charity.

Combining all three triathlon disciplines, the events will provide a challenge for a wide range of participants.  The calendar gets started in April with one of the biggest swim events ever.  Swimathon takes place over the weekend of 17 to 18 April at local pools across Northern Ireland.  Over the last seven years the events that are held in local swimming pools across the country have helped to raise more than £12million. 

On Monday 4 May the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon takes centre stage.  Marie Curie is the official charity partner for the event and it is expected that more than 18,000 people will take to the streets of Belfast.  Participants can run the full 26.2miles, take part in the fun run or a special eight (8) mile walk, or enter as part of a relay team.  There really is something for everyone.

The final event is the Malin to Mizen cycle challenge which take place from Saturday 23 to Saturday 30 May and offers a fantastic way to see some of the most beautiful parts of both northern and southern Ireland.

Each event comes under Marie Curie’s theme for 2015…Moments that Matter.  For the charity it is celebrating the 50th anniversary of it Hospice service – what’s your moment?

Commenting on the launch of the three special fundraising events Anne Hannan, Partnership Manager, Marie Curie said, “2015 is a big year for the charity and as such we want to give as many people as possible as many opportunities as possible to support us.  I’ll be participating in the marathon and for me my ‘moment that matters’ will be to celebrate my 50th birthday.

“There are many reasons why a person would choose to support Marie Curie and we’re very grateful for that support.  Not matter what event you choose please know that you’ll be helping to make a real difference to a person, and their family, living with a terminal disease…every £20 raised will help fund an hour of nursing support, while £180 will allow our nurses to be with a patient overnight.”

Celebrated triathlete and local girl Aileen Reid added, “I was delighted to be asked by Marie Curie to lend my support to launching these fantastic fundraising events.  While separate in nature, from my point of view it is great to see three events that offer people the opportunity to try out one of the triathlon disciplines…that’s how many of today’s top athletes found their way into the sport.

“Marie Curie offers such an important service to many people across the country and if these events and help get more people engaged then I have no doubt that the monies raised will help Marie Curie to continue to provide nurses to those in most need, but also to reach more people. I’d encourage you all to take part in some way and to make 2015 your moment that matters.”

For further information on any of the events or to learn more about Marie Curie please visit www.mariecurie.org.ukwww.mariecurie.org.ukwww.mariecurie.org.uk/swimathon - www.mariecurie.org.uk/running  and www.mariecurie.org.uk/malintomizen

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