PHOTO GALLERY: Massive turnout for 'A Day for Edel' in memory of young Newbridge mum

Over 850 people took part in 5km, 10km and buggy push runs

Niamh O'Donoghue

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Niamh O'Donoghue

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Over 850 people took part in the ‘A Day for Edel’ event, which was held at the Curragh last Saturday, September 15.

Newbridge mum of two, Edel Slicker (nee Delaney) passed away suddenly last November. This event, which included 5km and 10km runs, was held to honour her memory, celebrated her life, and raised funds for the Make a Wish Foundation.

The event was organised by all her family with the help of a core committee.

In a statement on the ‘A Day for Edel’ Facebook page, her family said; “We literally cannot thank everyone enough for the support on Saturday. The decision to have ‘A Day For Edel’ was not an easy decision and it was not made lightly, we talked ourselves into it and out of it over and over but in the end the driving forces behind it far outweighed the heartache of doing it.

“We wanted to focus on something that would ultimately have a positive outcome, which we can safely say it did. We also wanted to bring old friends back into each others lives and bring the circles of Edel’s life together while doing what she loved, being active.

“We feel like we achieved what we set out to do and from the feedback we’ve gotten we are just so glad that everyone saw the day for what it was enjoyed it as much as we were hoping.”

The family said the help they received before and during the event was unbelievable and a testament to the kind of person Edel was.

Edel, who was in her thirties when she passed away, was a talented footballer and joined the county Seniors in 1998/99. She won four Leinster Junior titles and played in the Junior All Ireland Finals of 2001 and 2003. She also won a County Intermediate medal with Eadestown in 2007. She loved children and excelled in her role as a teacher in Nurney. Exercise and fitness was another of her great interests.