Kildare’s Jog for a Dog raises €70k to fund dogs for autistic children over past four years

Almost €20,000 raised last weekend

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Kildare’s Jog for a Dog raises €70k to fund dogs for autistic children over past four years

Miriam O'Callaghan at the Jog for a Dog event last weekend

The Jog for a Dog charity 5K returned to Castletown House, Celbridge on Easter Monday April 2 - World Autism Awareness Day.

It was the fourth running of this event which raises funds for My Canine Companion Autism Service Dogs and it was sponsored again this year by Irish Dog Foods, Naas.

The event proved to be hugely popular once again with the race selling out weeks in advance.

“We have been delighted with the support once again this year. There are many charity races to choose from, so we greatly appreciate the continued commitment of our participants and also of our main sponsors Irish Dog Foods. PHL Hydraulics, Rathcoole kindly sponsored our medals again this year” said Laura O’Sullivan, Chairperson of the organising committee.

With some sponsorship money yet to be confirmed it is hoped that this year's event will raise close to €20,000. In the four years of the event, over €70,000 has been raised for this very worthy charity.

Despite the cold and wet conditions there was a great turnout which included many families who have benefited from service dogs trained by My Canine Companion Autism Service Dogs.

“As well as raising funds, for us the day is also about autism awareness and  awareness of our service dogs and the essential and life changing roles they play in our children’s and their families day to day lives”.

The great crowd were warmed afterwards with sponsored refreshments courtesy of Eurospar Kill. 

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