Eurospar Cobh and Sonia O’Sullivan team up to raise funds for Cobh Hospital

At the official launch of the fundraiser in aid of the Cobh Community Hospital with Olympic hero Sonia O’Sullivan were (L-R): Helen Hayes, secretary, Friends of Cobh Hospital; Elaine Hogan, treasurer, Friends of Cobh Hospital; Trevor Cummins, Ballymore Athletics Club; Angela O’Meara, assistant secretary, Friends of Cobh Hospital; Shane Jones, operator, Eurospar Cobh and Toddy Stafford, chairman and director of Facilities Friends of Cobh Hospital  

Fun runs commemorated 20th anniversary of Olympic glory

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Eurospar Cobh’s Shane Jones recently teamed up with local and Irish legend Sonia O’Sullivan and Friends of Cobh Hospital to support a fundraising 3km run for the Cobh Community Hospital on Friday last, which was the 20th anniversary of Sonia’s Silver Medal glory at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

That date, 25 September 2000, is forever etched in the pantheon of Irish sporting achievements as the day when O’Sullivan finally landed a coveted Olympic medal. Her time that day for the 5,000 metres (5 kilometres) was a blistering 14:41.02, a national Irish record and Sonia challenged people to run the distance from the Cobh Community Hospital to the commemorative statue of her in Cobh Harbour in that time.

The current restrictions, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, has seen a number of charity fundraising events all around Ireland postponed, which has potentially devastating knock-on effects as a consequence. The 44-bed Cobh Community Hospital has served the local community for more than 100 years and has also been hit hard by the suspension of usual fund-raising methods and all funds from the day were donated to the hospital.

The event was at capacity for the socially distanced runs and all runners were presented with a specially commissioned medal.

Supported by Eurospar Cobh, retailer Shane Jones said: “Eurospar Cobh was thrilled to support this fabulous event. Cobh is a town rich in sporting heritage, with none more famous than Sonia O’Sullivan and to be able to support our community this way was really exciting and we are delighted with the response it received on the day.”

The 44 bed Cobh Community Hospital, established in 1908, is a trust run by a voluntary board of management.

 

 

 

 

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