Ireland’s grocery industry gets runners on for IGBF!

"Phenomenal turnout" reported for industry event, allowing the IGBF to continue important work, in donating essential financial relief to members of the trade and their families



20 October 2017

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The Irish Grocers Benevolent Fund, in conjunction with Pop Up Races, held the inaugural Grocers Fun Run charity race event in Corkagh Park, Dublin on Sunday 8 October.

Sponsored by Keelings, the Grocers Fun Run is a new fun family initiative which invited people from the grocery industry, along with their families and friends, to participate in a 5k/2.5k run in the park. And over 420 people participated in the event, running, walking and even scooting their way to the finish line.

The run was generously supported by many companies with Keelings fruit pots, Seattle’s Best coffee, Cool Beans and Fulfil to name but a few sampling on the day. There was a host of family entertainment provided at the run, with a magician, cartoonist, face painting and nail painting. And Fireman Sam even made an appearance on the morning, thanks to Profile Events.  All participants received a grocery goodie bag, t-shirt, a medal and refreshments provided by LR Suntory.

Conor Kilduff, Keelings sponsor and IGBF President said: “Keelings were delighted to be involved in the sponsorship of this new fundraising initiative with the IGBF. The turnout has been phenomenal and we are very thankful for this support from people within the industry.”

“With the help of the team at FMI, who manned the stations, entertained the kids and organised registrations, the day went off without a hitch and we all had fun while raising funds for a great charity cause,” added Joe Wogan, chairperson of the run.

Meanwhile, Sharon Yourell Lawlor, project manager of the Grocers Fun Run, also pointed out that the run is “a perfect way to introduce a whole new generation of people to the charity and raise valuable funds”.

The IGBF has been serving the Irish grocery industry since 1981 by providing an important industry network and organizing fundraising initiatives in order to donate essential financial relief to members of the trade and their families.

The committee is already planning the next Grocers Fun Run event in April 2018 in the Phoenix Park.  For more details and to register, visit



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