Inis Mór half marathon taking place next week to buy Mater ventilators

With the Aer Arann Islands Half Marathon set to take place on April 22, the Mater Public Hospital is calling on people to walk, jog or run on the beautiful island of Inis Mór and help raise funds for critical care facilities at the hospital.

The half marathon is a wonderful opportunity to explore the spectacular landscape of Inis Mór and to soak up the atmosphere, ceol and culture that the island has to offer.

Funds raised from this year’s Aer Arann Islands Half Marathon will support a life-saving project to secure 12 mechanical ventilators for the Mater Public Hospital’s new Intensive Care Unit. These machines are a lifeline for critically ill patients who are fighting for their last breath. They literally save lives. The crucial funds raised through the half marathon will allow doctors and nurses in the Mater to provide the very best care to these patients when they need it most.

The Mater Public Hospital provides expert, specialist treatment to hundreds of thousands of sick people and their families from across Ireland every year.

“We are so proud and honoured to work with the Aer Arann Island’s Half Marathon Committee on this exciting event,” said Mary Moorhead, CEO of the Mater Foundation. “I would like to thank the committee for selecting the Mater Foundation as their charity partner. The funds raised will help us do so much for seriously ill patients by funding cutting-edge equipment that saves lives.

“Whether you’re a walker, jogger or runner, the half marathon is for you. Inis Mór is a simply magical setting for this event, and we are so looking forward to immersing ourselves in the sights, sounds and warm welcome that can only be found on the island. We hope that you’ll join us for an unforgettable experience, all while supporting patients in the Mater Public Hospital who need it most.”

Jarlath Conneely, managing director, Aer Arann Islands, added: “This year, Aer Arann Islands is delighted to work with the Mater Foundation and the Inis Mór community to create another unforgettable and enjoyable experience, while at the same time raising much needed funds to purchase vital equipment for the Mater Hospital. The entire route passes through magnificent coastline scenery with world famous views of wide bays and sandy beaches. So, whether you run, walk, or jog, the Aer Arann Islands Half Marathon is a unique and memorable experience for all involved.”

To find out how you can take part on the day, visit www.materfoundation.ie, contact Mater Foundation community and events specialist Angela McNulty at amcnulty@materfoundation.ie, or call the Mater Foundation on 01 830 3482.

 

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