On Friday 16th April (starting at 5am), three of Kilkenny’s most amateur of amateur runners will run 5kms every 5 hours for a total of 55 hours to raise as much funds as possible for the Gerlach Nascimento family.
9-year-old Emily Gerlach Nascimento is currently in the very early stages of an intense 2-year treatment plan for childhood cancer at Our Lady’s Hospital in Crumlin and is traveling to Dublin up to three times a week to receive her treatment.
One of the three men who will be running on Friday is Mark Duffy. The Kilkenny native told KCLR’s Sunday Scoreline how to donate to the cause.
He said: “We’re on Facebook under ‘Run for Emily’ and we have a GoFundMe page, so if you want to donate you can go there. All the details are on the Facebook page.”
You can also donate by clicking here!
He explained how the run will work and whether it has a competitive nature.
“We run as a hobby and we have trained for this. It’s not going to be competitive. We’ll keep it steady and to raise awareness we’ll be doing it in fancy dress so if you see us in the Loughboy area next weekend don’t be alarmed!”
Thanks to Orla Butler for braving the cold and joining us for the run. See you at 10 a.m for leg 2 ❤️
Posted by Run For Emily on Thursday, 15 April 2021
Duffy is wary of the magnitude of the challenge ahead and is adamant that the key to success is not letting his emotions get the better of him.
“You can get caught up a bit in things sometimes, so you have to keep a steady pace and not get tied up in the emotion of the whole thing,” said Duffy.
Listen back to the interview below.