Tipperary Ladies, take to the streets in support of ALONE at this year’s VHI Women’s Mini Marathon

ALONE, the charity that provides support to older people in need, is calling on the women of Tipperary to participate in the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in aid of ALONE. The charity aims to raise money to go towards the provision of vital befriending services for vulnerable older people.


This year the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon is taking place on Bank Holiday Monday, 6th June. The course will be 10km long and the event will take place in Dublin City Centre. The VHI Women’s Mini Marathon is the largest all female event of its kind in the world and the largest one day charity event in Ireland.


Speaking about the event, CEO of ALONE Sean Moynihan said, “We would like women from around the county to pledge their support to the older people in our communities and run the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon to raise much needed funds for ALONE.”


He continued, “All proceeds from this year’s race will go towards vital befriending services for vulnerable older people throughout Ireland. ALONE’s Befriending Services provides companionship to older people who are socially isolated through a weekly volunteer visit. We are continually developing the service to ensure that all older people who require it will have access to a quality assured befriending service.”


ALONE’s Befriending Service is a model of service that works because it is cost effective, and represents the community looking after its own. ALONE was recently awarded the “Quality in Befriending Award”, an internationally recognised standard developed by Befriending Networks Ltd in Scotland for this service. The accreditation process covered nine practice areas relating to the effective operation of a befriending service including competency in volunteer recruitment, vetting, induction, training, matching and supervision.  ALONE is the first Irish Befriending organisation in Ireland that has achieved this standard. ALONE also hosts Befriending Networks Ireland which provides support and training to almost 40 other Befriending organisations across the country.


Registration for the marathon will open on 17th February 2016 at: www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie


For more information about how you can help fundraise for ALONE and to receive your ALONE mini-marathon pack emailfundraising@alone.ie or call 01 679 1032.


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