The Ireland Funds Australia Global 5k 2022
Ireland Funds Australia held our annual Global 5K for the 9th year on Saturday 24th September 2022 allowing us to connect and be together in a truly unique and global way depending on our participants location.
We encouraged participants from all around Australia and globally to join us again this year, runners and walkers, young and old alike, by downloading our SportSplits tracker app to practice and receive tips and tricks in the lead up to the run.
After a month of rain, we were very happy to see the sun trying to peak out from behind the clouds on Saturday 24 September allowing our 153 participants to complete
d their run on a 5km course of their choosing, their times being tracked via our event app. In Sydney our Young Leaders were joined by those that could make it to meet at the iconic Opera House for a lap around Sydney Harbour finishing at Mrs Jones Terrace at The Orient enjoying incredible views and a well-deserved post run catch up, thank you to our host Peter Ryan from Ryan Hotels.
It was truly a unique experience to watch our friends from every corner of Australia doing their runs and comparing their times to others across Australia and the world.
We were given some training tips in the lead up to the run by Sari Coakley who was the fastest female on the day with a time of 20.20 and our fastest male runner was Shane Massey with a blistering time of 18.54.
As a personal tribute to the late and much-loved former Chair of The Ireland Funds Australia Sydney Young Leaders, Andrea (Penny) McElhinney our perpetual trophy in Andrea’s honour was awarded to the second fastest female, which this year was Geraldine Campbell with a time of 21.38, Geraldine has been our fastest female for the past three years.
Congratulations to our winners:
Fastest Female two tickets to see The Agrolites
Sari Coakley – 20.20
Fastest Male two tickets to see The Coronas
Shane Massey – 18.54
Best Photo two tickets to see Gary Og
Best Photo Sydney a gift to the value of $125 from Pontifex Jewellers
Best Photo Melbourne a $100 gift voucher for Buck Mulligans Bar and Bookshop Melbourne
The Ireland Funds Australia are committed to supporting projects of impact in Ireland and Australia and given everything that has happening around the world, for this year’s Global 5k, The Ireland Funds Australia are thrilled that funds raised from the 2022 Global 5K will once again be supporting Beyond Blue in Australia and in Ireland we will be supporting My Mind Centre for Mental Well Being.
Beyond Blue‘s vision is for everyone in Australia to achieve their best possible mental health. Beyond Blue are breaking down the stigma, prejudice and discrimination that act as barriers to people reaching out for support. Anxiety and depression can be managed, suicide can be prevented. That’s why Beyond Blue are there.
My Mind is the first and largest blended model of mental health care in Ireland and is putting Ireland at the forefront of mental health innovation, providing counselling and psychotherapy services. My Mind work towards giving every person in Ireland equal access to mental health support early, affordably, directly, without stigma or delay.
Thanks to you and your fundraising, we raised over $12,000!
The 2022Global 5k would not have been possible without the support of our wonderful sponsors including, Glen Dimplex, Google, Ryans Hotels, KPMG, The Lansdowne Club, FINEOS, MCG Civil, WME Agency, Troubador Presents, Pontifex Jewellers and Buck Mulligans Bar and Bookshop.
On behalf of our committee, we wish to thank all who participated in this year’s run or supported those fundraising for the event. Everyone helped make the 2022 run another truly Global 5k! #YLGlobal5k