Sinead swaps her dancing shoes for running shoes to encourage Wicklow’s women to support Cystic Fibrosis
She may have stepped away from Dancing With The Stars but that doesn’t mean Sinead O’Carroll has stopped putting her best foot forward.
The Greystones resident is lending her support to Cystic Fibrosis Ireland by encouraging Wicklow’s women to take part in the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon in aid of the charity.
The B*Witched stars has teamed up with Zoe Woodward from Delgany and her two daughters Emily (14) and Lana (12), both of whom have CF, to get 1,000 women to participate in the run on May 31.
“My connection to CF goes way back to many years ago, when I had a close friend with the disease who told me that she would listen to B*Witched to cheer her up when times were tough and her health wasn’t great,” Sinead says.
“I also taught Lana at my dance school in Greystones. That’s why I was eager to join the campaign and help out as much as I can!
“We know that exercise is vital for our mental health and well-being and for people with Cystic Fibrosis it is crucial in maintaining maximum physical health.
“By taking part in the One-in-1,000 campaign for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland, women will be showing solidarity with people with Cystic Fibrosis and supporting them in having the best possible quality of life.
“Of course women of all fitness levels and none can take part with us in the Women’s Mini Marathon.”
The Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon is the largest all-women event of its kind in the world and represents one of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland’s largest annual fundraising campaigns.
Zoe is one of the original founders of the One in 1,000 campaign.
“CF was a devastating diagnosis for us, there was no history of it in either family and we were totally unprepared as we knew little about the disease,” says Zoe.
“As many other families with CF will understand our lives were literally turned up-side-down. As first time parents we had tried to prepare ourselves as best as possible to care for a new born baby, we had never given any thought to the possibility that our tiny baby would come with a life threatening disease. Lana was born two years later and was diagnosed immediately.”
“In 2009, while pregnant with my third child, my mum, sister, two cousins and myself got together and decided we wanted to do something big to help children with CF.
“It was from this conversation that my cousin hit upon the idea of encouraging a large group of women to take part in the Women’s Mini Marathon.
“Since the start of One in 1000, over €1m has been raised to upgrade facilities across the country, however more dedicated outpatient and inpatient CF facilities for both adults and children with CF still need to be developed.”
The campaign comes against a backdrop of Ireland having the highest prevalence of cystic fibrosis in the world – with more than 1,400 people living with the condition in Ireland – and some of the most severe types.
Main picture: Sinead O’Carroll with Emily (14) and Lana (12) Woodward, who both have Cystic Fibrosis, as they launched Cystic Fibrosis Ireland’s annual One in 1,000 campaign. Pic: Orla Murray