Maynooth run raises €8,000 for suicide charity

The plaque erected Deirdre Cusker's name.
After running through the rain and the pain on St Stephen’s Day, the organisers of Maynooth’s Run for Mum 2012 handed over a cheque for more than €8,000 to the 3Ts suicide-prevention charity.

After running through the rain and the pain on St Stephen’s Day, the organisers of Maynooth’s Run for Mum 2012 handed over a cheque for more than €8,000 to the 3Ts suicide-prevention charity.

The third annual Run for Mum, in memory of the late Deirdre Cusker, was the biggest yet as more than 500 people took part.

Starting and finishing at Carton Avenue, just off Maynooth’s Main Street, local runner Conor Burke from Celbridge AC crossed the line first in a time of 9.05 while Kilcoole AC runner Joanne Cullen, a niece of Deirdre Cusker, was the first lady to complete the 2.7km route in a time of 11.39.

Among the field were the Cusker family, Deirdre’s husband Willie and their two children Neil and Caoimhe, and their efforts helped to raise an astonishing €8,341.87 for the 3Ts – Turning the Tide of Suicide.

Speaking about the Run for Mum event 2012, Chairman of 3TS Noel Smyth said:“I’d like to personally thank the Cusker family and their friends for organising this brilliant event, which attracted hundreds of people this year and no doubt will continue to grow in the coming years.

“The considerable sum raised of over €8,000 assists us in continuing to fund research and provide resources to prevent Suicide in Ireland.

“Equally, the Run for Mum provides a valuable platform to deliver a message of hope to anyone who may feel that they are at a crisis point in their life or are worried about someone who may be in crisis. There is help available.

“The Cuskers, with the warm support of their friends, have created an outreach for people to come together and address the issue of Suicide prevention, whilst honouring the memory of their beloved mother, wife and friend, Deirdre, in a way of which she would no doubt be very proud. Fun, community and empathy are the core values of the Run for Mum and are values that 3Ts would love to see echoed in every community in Ireland.”

Since the Run for Mum started in 2010, the Cusker family and friends have raised more than €10,000 for the 3Ts charity as well as increasing awareness about the important work of the 3Ts in the area of suicide prevention.

Already plans are afoot to make Run for Mum 2013 even bigger and better when the runners and walkers line up on Carton Avenue on St Stephen’s Day for what has now become an annual fixture for the people of Maynooth.

- Conor McHugh