CMRF Nicola O'Sullivan
Super Hero Fun Run, Fota Wildlife Park, Sept 2010

Last Saturday, 18 September, CMRF held a Super Hero Fun Run in aid of the Cancer Fund and St. John’s Ward at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin in Fota Wildlife Park, Cork.  There was a brilliant atmosphere on the day and I would like to extend my warmest thanks to everybody for showing up in costume and taking part so enthusiastically in support of this event.

Approximately 200 people showed up to walk/run the 5K course – we were delighted with the turn out and we were so thankful that the weather didn’t let us down :0)  We had face painters and arts & crafts on hand for the day and the kids were not shy in telling the artists who they wanted to emulate!! Coca-Cola very kindly sponsored the water and Haribo provided sweets on the day.  The lifesize Haribo teddy bear proved to be very popular with both children and adults alike!! 

The run commenced with a ’kiddies dash’.  Our under 5’s took their warm ups and the dash very seriously.  The costumes were brilliant and it goes without saying that the kids really stole the show! They were highly entertaining!! There was a mad stampede to the finish line where every child received a Super Hero Fun Run medal and a Super Hero Certificate.  They were fantastic, so a huge congratulations to all of our little heroes :0)

The Irish Navy had 10 staff members taking part in the event; they all dressed up in a variety of costumes that included BatGirl, Ghost Busters and Super Nanny!!!  They really got into the spirit of things and I would like to extend an immense thanks to them all for making such an effort on behalf of the Cancer fund and for their continual support of the hospital. 

Further support was received by Angie Benhaffaf with her twin boys Hassan and Hussein.  The boys were wearing their Super Man outfits in support of Our Lady’s Hospital and they are just adorable.  We were delighted to see them doing so well and we really appreciate their support.

After the ‘kiddies dash’ everybody proceeded to walk/run the course around Fota Wildlife Park.  Afterwards, all the adults received their well earned Super Hero medals and certificates.  Three nurses from St. John’s Ward attended on the day and it was great to see them taking part alongside past and present patients of the ward.  The feel good factor was incredible.

The Super Hero Fun Run, Fota provided exactly what it said on the ad i.e. F-U-N!!!  The wonderful animals in Fota Wildlife Park added an extra dimension of entertainment to the day, so a huge thank to Fota Wildlife Park for giving us permission to host the event there.

We are so grateful to each and every one of you who displayed such generosity and positivity in support of CMRF and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. Your donation will go a long way towards improving the lives of so many ill children attending Our lady’s.  The money is still trickling in but we will keep you posted as to what the final figure is in a few weeks.

Lastly, but by no means least, an immense thank you to Adelina Corigliano, the face of our Super Hero Fun Run campaign 2010 and her incredible family, Lynda and Pasquale Corigliano.  Their fundraising efforts are tireless and we cannot thank you enough for your continual dedication to CMRF and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital.

Crumlin’s Super Hero’s Nominated for The Maternity & Infant Awards 2010


Picture:  Adelina Corigliano crossing the line at the Super Hero Fun Run, Phoenix Park, 22 May, 2010

Picture: Our Superhero Donal Walsh from Tralee, Co. Kerry


Today, CMRF were approached by The Ashville Media Group to nominate our fabulous Superhero’s Adelina Corigliano and Donal Walsh for their ‘Child Hero of The Year Award’ as part of their annual Maternity Infant Awards

Ashville Media are the award-winning publishers of both Maternity and Maternity & Infant magazines and this is the third year they will be holding this event. 

CMRF are delighted to nominate both Adelina Corigliano and Donal Walsh for their immense support, inspiration and ongoing dedication to fundraising for CMRF through the 'Super Hero Fun Run, 2010' campaign.  Both Adelina and Donal are patients of St. John’s Ward and they are tireless in their support of CMRF and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital.  They have been immensely supportive from the onset of this project and they are genuine super hero’s to all of us here at CMRF.

The Super Hero Fun Run in Phoenix Park was held on 22 May and it has raised a staggering 85K to date.  Following on from this, CMRF are holding an additional Super Hero Fun Run in Fota Wildlife Park, 18 September, 2010. Adelina, Donal and their families have been immensely generous with their personal stories, their time and enthusiasm for this event - we are truly grateful and we are enormously proud of them. 

CMRF are currently nominating Adelina and Donal for the ‘Child Hero of The Year Award’.  We will be in touch shortly to update you on how they get on.  Regardless of the outcome, Adelina and Donal are true Superhero’s to all of us.