Local man faces ‘Great Wall’ challenge for Special Olympics

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Wednesday, January 15th, 2014
Community, Sport
Eamon Murphy from Warrenpoint is getting closer to fulfilling his personal challenge to support the Special Olympics Ireland charity, while completing one of the world’s most spectacular marathons. Among many runs, Eamon has completed London Marathon twice for the Southern Area Hospice Services and he also organises the annual PIPS Newry & Mourne 10k run/walk event. So being familiar with running for charities, Eamon saw the upcoming Special Olympics Ireland Games as a great opportunity to combine his passion for running with his interest in supporting local and regional charities. “I am always open to new challenges, and it’s not difficult to become inspired,” he told Newry Times. “From Banjo Bannon to Ryan Cinnamond, Robbie Marsh and Padraig Mallon the area is full of everyday people doing extraordinary things. Running for me is just a great pastime, with a great social side to it. “I also enjoy volunteering where I can for local charities, such as PIPS. So this challenge is my way of combining these passions,” Eamon enthused. Special Olympics Ulster is made up of approximately 96 clubs throughout the region. Over recent months the athletes have been chosen to participate in the Ireland Games, which take place in Limerick in June 2014. The costs of sending the Ulster team to Limerick are in excess of £40,000. Costs include travel, accommodation, food, equipment, coaches and helpers. Eamon is well on his way to reaching his target of £10,000 which goes entirely to Special Olympics Ulster’s team costs. Successful athletes will go on to represent Ireland at the World Games 2015 in L.A. The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. “I would love to reach my £10,000 target as soon as possible, so I can concentrate fully on my training, which is going great with the Mourne Mountain’s on my doorstep,” the Warrenpoint man continued. “I hope people individually or collectively can help make it happen. I can even offer local business a great marketing opportunity if anyone wishes to become my principle sponsor. All of my training gear for the past year has been supplied by KMS Sports in Newry. If you would like to see your company name/logo on my gear on the Great Wall, then just make contact.” If you would like to support Eamon in achieving his fundraising target, you can by going directly to his online donation page www.specialolympics.ie/eamonmurphy. If you wish to show support or follow Eamon’s progress simply visit his page at www.facebook.com/GreatWallMarathonForSpecialOlympicsIreland. There is also a link to donation page here. Eamons Great Wall of China Marathon run takes place near Beijing China on May 17th 2014.
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