Oisín McGrath Foundation looking forward to annual ‘Run for Oisín’ and to supporting more young people via bursary awards

 

‘Run for Oisín’, one of the biggest fun runs in the district which involves 5k and 10k walk, run or jog will take place 1pm on Sunday 16th October in Belcoo.


The Run for Oisín event is chip-timed and professionally measured with medals for all participants. Refreshments and prize giving will take place in the Community Centre at the finish line.


Registration will be open on the day at Lakeland Community Care from 10am or you can pre-register online via https://www.njuko.net/runforoisin22/select_competition

 

 


For anyone wishing to support, volunteer or keep up to date with the event please visit the Oisín McGrath Foundation Facebook page.


The Oisín McGrath Foundation was formed in memory of 13-year-old Oisín McGrath from Belcoo, who lost his life tragically in February 2015. The Foundation is inspired by Oisín’s life and formed both to keep his spirit alive and to inspire others through his memory.
Administered by the Fermanagh Trust, the Oisín McGrath Foundation provides financial support to young people who demonstrate exceptional commitment and/ or ability to the world of sport but may be held back by their financial situation from pursing their goals.


Recent recipients of bursary awards from the Foundation include Naoise McManus, a 12-year-old squad gymnast, 16-year-old golfer Rory Browne, Farrah McCloskey who is part of the Ulster U18 Rugby Team and Charlotte McGuigan, newly qualified referee and competitor for Erne wrestling. These young people received support towards travel and equipment costs helping with their training and competitions.

Oisín’s mum Sharon McGrath commented “We’re so pleased that ‘Run For Oisín’ is back for the first time post pandemic and on what would have been Oisín’s 21st birthday year. The family and indeed all involved in the Foundation are forever grateful for the support we have received and could never have anticipated the response in previous years. It is a huge community event with over 1000 participants and we look forward to welcoming everyone back again whether you are a recreational walker or seasoned athlete. Funds raised from the run will support the work of our Foundation along with our partner charity The Children's Cancer Unit Charity.”


Sharon added “The Foundation brings opportunity to others alongside celebrating Oisín’s life and his love and commitment to sport. We are pleased to be able to make grant awards and it is our hope that we can support even more young people and groups, assisting them in their sports development in memory of Oisín”.


The Foundation is currently open for application and inviting local individuals / clubs to apply for sports development bursaries. The closing date for this year’s funding awards is Friday 28th October. For more information or to download an application form visit CLICK HERE / E: gemma@fermanaghtrust.org / Tel: 028 66 320 210.


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