Paul put meaning in his miles and took on the Dublin Marathon for Barretstown. Here is his story on why he decided to take up the challenge. Everyone here at Barretstown is thrilled that he took it on and in turn helped to impact the lives of children living with serious illness. Below is his story:
I first heard of Barretstown when my girlfriend’s cousin was a camper there a few years ago. Hearing all about the great work they do I knew I wanted to volunteer there one day.
I’ve volunteered as a Cara three times to date and every time I returned, I couldn’t wait to come back! It was the most enjoyable experience of my life. I got to see first hand the magic that happens at Barretstown and witness the smiles and happiness on the children and families faces throughout camp was inspiring.
I ran the Dublin Marathon in 2017 and decided to run the 2018 Dublin Marathon in aid of Barretstown because volunteering there inspired and motivated me to fundraise and I wanted to help even more. I also wanted to raise awareness and show people the great work the people of Barrestown are doing. I setup a simple fundraiser page on everydayhero and frequently shared my page across all social media platforms. I also got friends and family to share it on their pages. I spent 4 months training for the Dublin Marathon and raised over €1,500 for Barretstown.
It was a very emotional and proud achievement for me and the money I raised will help bring more children with a serious illness and their families to camp in 2019 to experience the magic that Barretstown has to offer.