Friday, November 04, 2022

The Sanctuary Runners launching their new Side-By-Side programme.Picture shows: Annemarie Sheehan, Sanctuary Runners, Oksana Khvostikova from Ukraine, Graham Clifford, CEO and founder of the Sanctuary Runners, former Irish international athlete and 100m record holder Ailís McSweeney and Ignatia Ndlovu from South Africa. Photo: Julien Behal

The Sanctuary Runners are calling on people in towns across Carlow to come together to form new running, jogging and walking groups.

Launching their new ‘Side-By-Side’ programme this week the solidarity-through-sport initiative, founded in Cork in 2018, hope to build groups in 50 new towns across the country.

Focusing on community integration and bringing people together to the benefit of all the initiative will focus on areas to which Ukrainian and other people have moved in recent months and years.

Supported by the ‘Ireland for Ukraine Fund’, and ‘the Sunflower Foundation Fund’, both managed by the the Community Foundation for Ireland (CFI), as well as support from the CFI itself and the One Foundation the new ‘Side by Side Programme’ will build on the work of the Sanctuary Runners which has attracted the support of almost 10,000 runners, joggers and walkers over the years – with almost a quarter of those being people who either are, or were, living in Direct Provision.

While to date groups have been established in Ireland in communities where Direct Provision centres were located this new programme will see an enlargement of the not-for-profit’s footprint.

If interested in starting a Sanctuary Runner group in your town, please contact Annemarie Sheehan, Community Development Lead, at [email protected]. All new groups will be given Sanctuary Runner tops, a toolkit and guidance on how to start and structure your group.

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