Fitzers 5k Fun Run

Rehab Care Dundalk and Dundalk Simon Community are organising the inaugural Fitzers 5k Fun Run event on Saturday 23rd February 2013 in association with Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick.

RehabCare operates a wide variety of responsive health and social care programmes which reach into communities the length and breadth of Ireland.

RehabCare Dundalk provides services for people with an intellectual disability or physical and sensory disability.  Choice, quality and personalised services are the cornerstones of the service. We provide a range of opportunities such as training and educational programmes, social and leisure activities and support to access paid part time work.
Dundalk Simon Community delivers a wide range of essential services to people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless throughout the North East including outreach prevention, emergency accommodation, tenancy sustainment, day centre, supported housing, independent living and specialist services such as Community Alcohol Detox.
The 5k Fun Run is a fundraising event that will enable these two charities to continue on with their Community Food Garden Project into 2013 and beyond. 
The Food Garden Project enhances the participants’ understanding of nutrition and self-sufficiency.  Participants learn to grow, prepare and cook a range of healthy organic fruit and vegetables throughout the year, with an emphasis on transferring these skills to their home life. A support worker is employed to assist participants to grow produce and prepare healthy meals using the food products harvested from the community garden.
The success of the Food Garden Project has inspired the staff and service users of RehabCare to roll the project out to local primary schools to help to educate the children on growing their own food and to eat more fruit and vegetables.

The funds raised from the 5 K Fun Run event will go directly to funding these projects.  We are asking all sports clubs and groups to encourage their members to take part in Fitzers 5 k Fun Run to help raise funds and awareness for this local project. Each participant will receive a T Shirt and Goody Bag.  The event has an AAI permit and will be chip timed. Spot prizes and winners prizes will be announced on the day and we would like to encourage as many people to take part as possible.