10th August, 2014

Sydney City to Surf 2014

A number of Sydney-based Australian Ireland Fund Young Leaders participated in the world’s largest fun run – the infamous City2Surf.

David Creaven, Sydney Chair of the Young Leaders and Keith Horgan, Sydney Young Leader, both completed the event and although they didn’t see each other on the start line their official times were only 1 second apart. Whether they considered it a fun-run is another question! However, both were delighted to have completed the race as both managed to raise funds in support of The Australian Ireland Fund. In all, over $1,000 was raised by Melissa Quibell, Jerry Kelliher, Keith Horgan and David Creaven, with potentially some sponsorship still to come in.

A number of Irish visitors to Sydney also ran the race in support of The Australian Ireland Fund including Councillor Malcolm Byrne, Chairman of Wexford County Council. All runners who ran in support of the Australian Ireland Fund were kitted out in very stylish Australian Ireland Fund running t-shirts which were generously sponsored by Teresa Keating, Executive Director of The Australian Ireland Fund.

Once past the finish line, The Australian Ireland Fund runners were able to avail of snacks, music and massages and a much needed coffee in the Westpac tent thanks to complimentary passes from Yvonne Le Bas of Westpac and Treasurer of The Australian Ireland Fund.

It was a day filled with fun and aching muscles but was made all the more memorable knowing that much needed funds would be going directly to the charities supported by The Australian Ireland Fund.

Thank you to all those who made donations to our runners and to Teresa Keating and Yvonne Le Bas of Westpac for their support.

We hope to see many more runners sporting The Australian Ireland Fund running t-shirts in the 2015 City 2 Surf –the Young Leader committee are keen to make this an annual event!