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.