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Paddy Fun Run fundraises for Irish charities in London

Hundreds of Irish emigrants will run for the Irish Youth Foundation UK and RESPECT at the end of May

Wed, Apr 24, 2013, 10:57


David McEvoy

On Friday May 31st, hundreds of mainly Irish people will gather in Battersea in London to raise money for two Irish-focused charities. The inaugural Paddy Fun Run is raising money for both the Irish Youth Foundation UK (IYF) and RESPECT. The IYF is a UK-based charity which supports projects aimed at improving the lives of children and disadvantaged young people in the UK and Northern Ireland. RESPECT is an organisation founded by the Daughters of Charity to raise funds for capital projects which help improve the care and accommodation facilities of people with intellectual disabilities in Ireland.

The Paddy Fun Run will take the shape of sponsored run (5k or 10k) in Battersea Park, followed by an after party at the Doodle Bar with live music, food and Irish DJs.

The organizing committee are all young Irish people living and working in London, and have ran various successful charity events in the city. Dave Meagher, a young Irish entrepreneur working in property, organised the successful RESPECT ball last year, a black-tie event attended mainly by Irish, with entertainment from Andrea Corr and food prepared by one of Ireland’s top chefs, Richard Corrigan.

Zoe Desmond organised the ‘Who’s Your Paddy’ summer bash last year with the help of friends and family. The attendees were mainly made up of members of the ‘Who’s Your Paddy’ Bloomberg chat room, an online meeting place for Irish people working in finance in London which has grown from just three members in 2010 to almost 400 today.

With a committed and enthusiastic committee behind this year’s event, The Fun Run is sure to be a great night, providing a fantastic opportunity for those working and living in London to raise some money for those who have found themselves in challenging circumstances.

To get involved or to sponsor the event, see or email Tickets for the after party are available here.