Miriam O'Callaghan to start Castletown House Jog for a Dog once again this year

In aid of My Canine Companion Autism Service Dogs

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Miriam O'Callaghan to start Castletown House Jog for a Dog once again this year

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The organising committee of Jog for a Dog 5K 2018 are busy ahead of the event returning for its fourth year to Castletown House, Celbridge, on Easter Monday, April 2.

Raising much needed funds for My Canine Companion Autism Service Dogs and kindly sponsored by Irish Dog Foods Naas, the committee are delighted to announce that RTE presenter Miriam O’Callaghan, will once again be the race starter.

“Miriam has been a wonderful supporter since our first year,” said Jog For a Dog volunteer marketing co-ordinator Jenny Lackey “and we are delighted to say Miriam agreed to join us again this year, despite her busy schedule”.

Over the past three years this event has raised over €53,000 for My Canine Companion Autism Service Dogs, which trains autism service dogs for children and young adults living with autism. The charity does not currently receive any government funding.

Suitable for runners, walkers and families and with a limit of 500 participants, the last two year’s events sold out online before the race day itself.

“We’re really excited to see that our registration numbers are already ahead of last year’s, so it’s looking like this year will be another sell-out” said Jenny.

“We appreciate that there are many other charity runs that people can choose, so the continued support means a lot. We are very proud to be able to say that 100% of every participant’s registration fee goes directly to My Canine Companion Autism Service Dogs as all our race costs are covered by our kind sponsors Irish Dog Foods.”

With medals, goodie bags and a free refreshments tent, which is being sponsored by Spar in Kill, the day promises to be another great day.

Local companies have provided spot prizes for a raffle. On-line registration is at www.popupraces.ie and sponsorship cards are also available.

See the Jog for a Dog Facebook page for more information.