PLEASE HELP ME FUNDRAISE
Go to my Go Fund Me Page
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:
Check out my interview with Derek Carter on the Humans of Dublin website. Photo taken by Peter Varga.
Sinead, blind runner and running guide, John O’Regan, running in sync, a great level of trust and communication between runner and guide. Volcano Marathon, Chile, November 2015.
Competitors, Volcano Marathon, Chile, November 2015.
Start Line, Volcano Marathon, Chile, November 2015.
Couldn’t see where I was going. Character building experience. Not many can say they’ve completed a Volcano Marathon.
Finish Line, Volcano Marathon, Chile, November 2015.