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PLEASE HELP ME FUNDRAISE

Go to my Go Fund Me Page

https://www.gofundme.com/blindrunner777

I am raising money so that I can compete in the World Marathon Challenge to be held in January 2017. This race involves running 7 Marathons on 7 Continents in 7 Days.
The money raised will be used to cover:

€72,000 = Race Entry
€4,000 = Flights to South America and returning from Australia.
€2,000 = Specialised Clothing and kit.
€1,000 = Accommodation before and after Race
€1,000 = Insurance and expenses / contingency.
Total = €80,000

Every €1 counts so please help me raise the funds.

Places are limited for the World Marathon Challenge and allocated on a first come first served basis. Hence, I need the money raised asap to secure my place. This event has sold out in previous years with a waiting list.

To do an event like this means a lot to me. For most of my childhood I was badly bullied because of my disability. Even in adulthood I have been bullied. Four years ago I took up running because I was asked to do a charity 10km run for blind children. I didn’t even know what distance a 10km run was but I said yes because charity work has always been a big part of my life and this was a charity close to my heart. Since then running has boosted my self-confidence more than I could have ever imagined.

Why 7 Marathons in 7 Days on 7 Continents?

The reason I want to do this event is:

    •  I am passionate about challenging the status quo about disability and encouraging people to think differently about their own abilities
    • To get a TV documentary made from the trip and inspire those with and without disabilities to be better versions of themselves.
    • To consider writing a book and having same published about my experience.
    • To create a Guinness World Record for the fastest time for a Visually Impaired Athlete to complete a Marathon on the Seven Continents.
    • To create an Irish record for being the fastest Irish female athlete to do 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days.

To do this challenge would mean the world to me. There are certain things in life that I will never be able to do because of my bad eyesight. I will never be able to watch a sunrise or sunset. I will never be able to drive. I will never be able to see the world like fully sighted people. Even on this trip I won’t be able to see the beauty of the places that I will be in but at least I get to go there. No amount of money raised can change the fact that I am blind. I was born blind and I will die blind. But what can change is this money will give me the chance to ‘experience’ the world without being able to ‘see’ it.

Please give some light to my life and help make this trip happen for me. I will be forever thankful!!

World Marathon Challenge

The 2017 World Marathon Challenge is a logistical and physical challenge to run 7 Marathons on 7 continents in 7 days. Competitors must run the standard 42.195 km Marathon distance.

Covering Antarctica, South America, North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia within 168 hours, or 7 days, the event also encompasses an individual competition, with male and female divisions.

Check out more details about the world marathon challenge by going to this link:

http://www.worldmarathonchallenge.com/

World Marathon Challenge – January 2017

http://www.worldmarathonchallenge.com/

I need to raise €90,000 to do this challenge.

€45,000 for me and €45,000 for my running guide.

I was hoping to get two title sponsors.

Or to get 30 companies to sponsor 3k each.

There are benefits for any company which gets involved to sponsor mw which can be discussed.

I am a full-time PhD researcher and a qualified solicitor. Apart from my professional qualifications I am a motivational speaker and ultra-runner. I am registered as blind with just 5% vision. I’m planning to take part in the World Marathon Challenge in January 2017. Places are filling quickly. Because I am registered blind I will have a guide runner to run with me.

The challenge

During this seven-day time period, competitors must run standard 42.2km (26.2 miles) marathon distances at Union Glacier (Antarctica), Punta Arenas (Chile), Miami (USA), Madrid (Spain), Marrakech (Morocco), Dubai (United Arab Emirates) and Sydney (Australia).* In doing so, competitors will complete seven marathons on the planet’s seven continents: Antarctica, South America, North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.

Will it be a holiday?

No! It’s basically you go to the airport then fly to the destination then do the marathon then go straight back to the airport again to fly to the next destination and this is repeated for 7 days.

Given the severe temperatures in Antarctica -35 and given I hate the cold then I am anticipating that I will find this one the hardest. Also Given in Antarctica it is all snow then this will affect my eyes because the glare of the white will make my eyes watery and very painful.

I am not looking forward to sleeping on an airplane bed for 7 nights as my bed. I am not looking forward to trying to cope with the bright sun light on my eyes. I am not looking forward to flying as I have a fear of flying and given all the terror that is going on in the world at the moment – being in an airport or being on a plane is the last place where I want to be.

But this is why I do motivational speaking because fear stops us from achieving our goals. I am extremely fearful to do this challenge. But I don’t want to be like the majority of people and live my life through fear as opposed to challenge myself and push myself outside my comfort zone.

Why do I want to do this challenge?

  1. Awareness – To raise awareness about disability and to challenge the perception that blind people/disabled people can’t do things and can’t live a full life. Changing how people think about disability is an integral part of creating an inclusive society.  A society where I am no longer defined by my white stick and people with disabilities aren’t limited by what others think they “Can’t do”.  I want to create a platform to engage people in Ireland and worldwide around the conversation of disability. Once society sees that people with disabilities can do things then hopefully more people with give people with disabilities opportunities to show their true potential whatever sector it is in – education, business, sport etc. Doing this goal with create a lot of national and international media attention and so I am going to use that as opportunity to highlight some of my favourite charities in particular the Irish Guide Dogs. They do fantastic work.
  2. Record – To achieve a Guinness world record by being the 1st blind person worldwide to run 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days. Worldwide there are 286milion people registered blind/visually impaired. I want to be the first to show that it can be done. I will also be the first Irish female to achieve this goal in the quickest time. There has been another Irish female who has ran 7 marathons on 7 continents but this has been over years.
  3. Documentary – I would like to get a documentary company to come on board to create and a documentary and have same aired.
  4. Inspire – To encourage all people – those with disabilities and people without to be better versions of themselves, to set goals, to make a difference, to be a role model for other people.

Sponsoring or giving any form of help

If you’re interested in sponsoring or giving any form of help then please get in touch via the contact page on this website. Or on twitter @KaneSinead

Click on this link.

Killarney Marathon organiser denies excluding blind athlete Sinead Kane

This race is due to take place on the 14th of May 2016. I wont be doing this race. What have I learnt about my experience of trying ‘to enter’ this race – that barriers do face runners with disabilities trying to enter races. In the year 2016, this type of thing should not be happening. A guide runner is my eyes. I should not be penalised for my disability and this is effectively what was required of me.

I look forward to other races around the country where my guide runner is welcomed as well. Onwards and upwards to my next race.

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