The annual Garrison Five Miler will take place on September 14 and the organisers are hoping for a big turnout once again to raise money for Diabetes UK.
Organised by Devenish GAA club the third annual five miler will this year raise money for Diabetes UK, a charity close to the heart of the community.
A number of people associated with the club have diabetes, both Type 1 and Type 2 and those at the club know that perfectly healthy and fit individuals can be diagnosed.
In the Fermanagh senior ranks Eoin Donnelly has type 1 diabetes and it is through the good work of organisations such as Diabetes UK that treatments continue to advance.
The organisers hope that the event this year will help raise awareness of diabetes and that the money raised will help in researching the cause and treatment of the condition, where significant progress has been made in recent years.
Oisin O’Brien, an underage player at Devenish who has diabetes said: “I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in February this year. I always participated in sport and had a healthy diet. My parents noticed me losing weight, having to drink a lot of fluids and constantly running to the toilet. Thankfully we got it diagnosed quickly and thus prevented a more serious situation arising. I manage my own insulin intake and still fully participate in sport and all other activities.”
Last year there were over 130 entrants in Garrison,who enjoyed an afternoon of fun, friendly competition and community spirit.
Organisers would love to see those numbers again this year and would encourage walkers and runners alike to come along and enjoy the event while helping Devenish raise some money for a worthy cause.
The Garrison Five Miler takes place at 12 noon on Saturday September 14. Entry Fee for those aged 15 and over is £12 and for those under 15 is £6.
Proceeds to Diabetes UK – Fermanagh Branch. Assembly is at St Mary’s GAA Park. Registration takes place the evening before the event (Friday September 13) between 8.30 – 9.30pm and on the morning of the event between 10.15 and 11.15am.
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