[PICS] Irish cadets set to run from East to West for INCREDIBLE cause

25th Apr 18 | News

Can you help them out?

The Defence Forces 94th Cadet Class are about to set off on a 240 km run from East to West in an effort to raise money for Temple Street Children’s Hospital, The Curragh Lourdes Fund and The Defence Forces Soldiers.

The route begins at the Cadets base tomorrow, 26th April in the Military College, The Curragh, Co. Kildare and travels west passing through 23 towns along the way, overnighting in Athlone. Running in group relays each day, the Cadets will arrive in Westport on Friday where they all will complete the final leg to the summit of Croagh Patrick.

The 94th Cadet Class started its training in 2017, and aim to be commissioned as junior leaders in the Defence Forces in early 2019. With 107 members of the class, the 94th Cadet Class is currently the largest cadet class in the history of the state. 

The money raised during this charity event will help to fund and support Temple Street Children’s Hospital so that they can provide the best paediatric equipment, facilities and support needed to care for the sick children in need of their services.

The cadets will also be fundraising for The Curragh Lourdes fund. This charity was founded in 2010, in order to give children with special needs or serious illnesses the opportunity to travel to Lourdes as part of the annual Defence Forces Military Pilgrimage.

The money raised will also go towards The Soldiers Aid Fund which was established for the purpose of providing by voluntary subscriptions, donations or otherwise, a fund or funds out of which the Governing Body may grant assistance for the relief of temporary distress amongst non-commissioned officers and privates serving in the Defence Forces or grant assistance for the relief of temporary distress amongst the widows, widowers and orphans and other dependent relatives of non-commissioned officers and privates who pass away during service.

Commandant Stephen MacEoin, Officer in Charge, 94th Cadet Class said:

“Team effort, resolve, resilience, and physical fitness are some of the qualities the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service want in our junior leaders.  Combining these to raise money for worthy causes is a selfless, admirable activity and something The Cadet School is rightly proud of.  As their leader I am delighted they have taken up this challenge.  I wish them well and will meet them at the summit!”

You can support this event by going to the 94th Cadets class ‘GoFundMe’ account and donating there: