Participants from the WIT community and beyond had the challenge of completing their walk, run or jog with the 2km restrictions in place at the beginning of the month
On Saturday, 2 May WIT Novus in conjunction with the WIT Arena came together to host a Virtual Charity Run in aid of Pieta House.
As part of the event people were asked to run, walk, jog or just get active within what was then their 2km radius limit from their home.
900km clocked virtually
The event proved to be a huge success with participants from across the entire WIT Community as well as WIT Arena members and those from the wider community. The total virtual distance recorded on the day was 900km which equates travelling from the WIT Arena all the way to Paris, France with the total amount collected reaching over €2,800 for Pieta.
Supporting a free service
Olive Ruane from the South East branch of Pieta expressed her gratitude, saying “on behalf of the clients and staff in Pieta, I would like to thank you for your kind and wonderful support in helping us to sustain our life saving work. Your support allows us to sustain our free service, which provides one to one counselling for people who are suicidal, people who are engaging in self-harming behaviours, and people who are bereaved by suicide.”
CEO of WIT Novus Mike Geoghegan spoke of his delight of the impact of the event as well as the monies raised, “We were thrilled with the event, it was a great opportunity to virtually bring people together through exercise and great credit must go to the team at the WIT Arena and WIT Vikings Sport. The collective distance that was clocked on the day was 900km, the equivalent of a one-way trip from the WIT Arena to Paris which was fantastic. However the most pleasing aspect of the event was the monies raised to support Pieta and the phenomenal work they do both in the South East and throughout Ireland.”
Pieta provides free therapy to those engaging in self-harm, with suicidal ideation, or bereaved by suicide. It relies on the generosity of the public whose donations and fundraising make up over 80% of their income. Its south east offices are based in Waterford and are carrying out vital services at this challenging time.