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Temple Street. Half Marathon. April 8-10. Gimme €650. Thank You. Please. I like You.

UPDATE 13th feb: The €650 minimum target was raised in just under 24 hours after this post was published. Speechless 😀

Thank you so much to: anonymous & Julie Benson & Simon Kenny & Jenny Long & anonymous & Mary & from James Keleher & Niamh Hayes & anonymous & Jason Roe & Sarah Keleher & Anthony McGuinness & George Foxe & Yvonne Delaney & Anonymous & Amy Ní Lúin & Nicola Nestor & Eoin Delaney & Anonymous & Josie and V Delaney.

The following text is the original post:

Yesterday after a call with Nick McGivney, I decided I should register for The temple Street Annual Aer Arann Half Marathon.

I got the details via email today and rang Angela to put my name down. There’s very recent and great reason why Temple Street is so close to my heart, but in short and for the moment this is a gig I am now doing.

More than that I am asking for your help and in short I need €650.

I’ve set up a My Charity page were you can donate securly online and any amount is appreciated however if you are feeling a bit groovy you might also consider a slightly larger wad of cash. And what if we raise a little more… well isn’t that great.

What can I offer you in return….?

  • A blog post profiling your company.
  • Sponsorship of Irelands only garden podcast – the sodcast for one month
  • Audio interview within the podcast
  • Sponsorship of every blog post I write for the month
  • This comes with all the usual linkage
  • Your logo/ image embedded within and note of sponsorship for the event
  • The usual splattering all over facebook, twitter and pix.ie
  • and a signed photograph of me in a pair of shorts. Framed 😉
  • See if you can come up with a vetter list than that and I’ll buy you a pint !

This email from Temple Street tells just what the event is about and what exactly the spondulas will achieve. My details if you wish to contact me are below this letter.

04 February 2011

Dear Friend

I am delighted to inform you that the Annual Aer Arann Half Marathon will take place between the 8th- 10th April, 2011.  Again, Temple Street Children’s University Hospital is the main beneficiary.

Celebrating its 11th year, this unique event has been an outstanding success; and we expect 2011 to be no exception.  Entries will be strictly on a first-come first-served basis so, as a regular participant, we would like to offer you first option of securing your place in 2011.

You will recall that we set ourselves a goal last year to purchase vital pieces of equipment for the Neurosurgery department, namely a Mayfield head clamp (This is a specialised holder to stabilise the patients head during surgery on the brain) and a Neurosurgical microscope with a combined cost of €120,000.   We are delighted to announce that the Aer Arann Half Marathon 2010 raised €65,000 towards this fundraising goal.  Taking this into consideration, we have decided to continue to strive to achieve this target in 2011 and look forward to purchasing these items for the hospital early next year.

This year we have decided to set a minimum fundraising target of €650 per participant. This must be achieved no later than 18th March 2011, with an initial non-refundable deposit of €200 to be submitted.  (The deposit of €200 will form part of the overall €650).  We would like to stress that only a completed entry form, together with your deposit, will secure your place.  (Entry forms received without deposits will not secure a place; Temple Street Children’s University Hospital provides a Credit Card facility should you wish to avail of this).

Once this target is achieved, return flights from Connemara Airport, Inverin to Inis Mor, your accommodation and food are covered for the weekend.  Please remember that administration support i.e. sponsor cards, letters, T-shirts, posters etc is available to anyone who may need help with fundraising.  Please contact Angi on 01-8784344 or email at angela.mcnulty@cuh.ie.

This will be a fantastic weekend – and I look forward to your participation in this event again next year.  Thank you again for all of your support over the years, we look forward to seeing you on Aran in April 2011.

Yours sincerely,

Marie Mulrooney/ ​Angela McNulty

Fundraising Committee.​Special Events Manager – TSCUH

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The Garden Group & The Skerries Mills Visit

Today the garden group took its first visit to Skerries Mills in North County Dublin.

It was always going to be a little chilly but lessons learned from The War Memorial park visit led to a choice of place in january were it was semi in and outdoor.

It was a great day to kick off the garden groups first adventure of the year. Thank you to all who made it possible and to those who came along. It is you who make the great outdoors, for me, even greater.

In particular, from the Irelands Eye garden group trip I learnt very quickly that just because I’ve been there – in no way does it mean I’ve seen it all. Amazing what the varying eye’s and minds pick out 😉

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This Gardeners New Year 2011, Starts Today…

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10 years making gardens under my own name or not…… 2010 has gone and past and today I return to work to begin another year in the great outdoors. As you are most probably well aware I am, in short and to choose one of many descriptions, a gardener. The homepage of my website explains more about me if you wish to read more.

If you would like for me to make your garden to make you smile this 2011…. you can contact me in the following ways.

My garden gates for 2011 officially re-open for business at 7.27 am today Tuesday 4th January. The snow winter now past or not, I know this gardener is really looking forward to getting back to gardening.

Have a happy new year and a happy garden,

Peter