Huge thanks to all who supported the inaugural Father and Son Run

We were delighted to be joined by hundreds of fathers, sons, mums and daughters of all ages for the inaugural Father and Son Run. The event took place last Sunday in St Anne’s Park, Raheny.

The leading convenience store group Costcutter, operated by Mallow-based Barry Group, is the first corporate partner signed up by the Keith Duffy Foundation, which aims to provide practical support to chosen children’s charities across the country.

Speaking at the Costcutter Father & Son Run Keith Duffy said “We want to go direct to the people in need, helping individuals, families and schools so that funds raised make a real and immediate difference. Costcutter’s support in achieving this will be invaluable”.

Jim Barry, Managing Director of Barry Group which services the independent Costcutter stores, says that practical local support for good causes appeals greatly to the local store owners.

“Costcutter is the locally owned store at the heart of communities and, as such, can tap into the generosity of people who want to contribute locally to good causes”, the retail boss said.

“Having a child who is seriously ill or coping with a disability is immensely challenging for families. Keith Duffy’s fundraising work improves these people’s lives, and we are delighted for Costcutter to get behind his good work”, he added.

Critically ill children and young people, and those with disability or learning difficulties, are the focus of the new charity, which will host a number of high-profile annual events.  These include the Keith Duffy Ball and Golf Classic, as well as smaller events, including promoting local fundraisers for chosen charities around Ireland.

Autism is among the multitude of causes the Keith Duffy Foundation supports; a charity of choice for the celebrity and his wife Lisa, since their daughter Mia was first diagnosed with the disorder at 18 months old.

Fighting Blindness was also named as a beneficiary to this wonderful event.

For more great photos taken on the day please visit the Fighting Blindness Facebook page here www.facebook.com/Fighting.Blindness.Ireland/