Jog For a Dog charity 5km returns to Kildare's Castletown House on Easter Monday April 22

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Jog For a Dog charity 5km returns to Kildare's Castletown House on Easter Monday April 22

The launch today PICTURE: TONY KEANE

Now in it's fifth year, this Easter Monday April 22 will see the return of the ever popular Jog for a Dog charity 5km in aid of My Canine Companion Autism Services to Castletown House, Celbridge.

Once again kindly sponsored by Irish Dog Foods in Naas, this event has sold out in advance every year. Open to both runners and walkers, the race will start and end in the beautiful grounds of Castletown, while the 5k race itself takes the runners and walkers around the town.

“We are so delighted that Irish Dog Foods are supporting us again, they have been with us since day one and we are so proud to be reaching our fifth anniversary run together,” said committee Chairperson Laura Sullivan at the official launch of the event today.

“Thanks to their generous support from day one, this event has gone from strength to strength and together we have raised over €75,000 for an amazing charity, that trains service dogs for children and young adults with autism.”

The race is organised and run by families who have all benefited from autism service dogs and pups provided by My Canine Companion.

“Thanks to our sponsors covering all our race costs, every penny of our runners and walkers registration fees and any money they raise through sponsorship, goes straight to the charity,” added Laura.

“Jog for a Dog is such a great event and thanks to the runners and walkers who have joined us over the last four years, this event has raised significant funding for us and has helped us train additional and much needed autism service dogs,” said Niall Ruddy, who co-founded the charity with his wife Cliona O'Rourke in 2011.

“Like the majority of charities in this sector, we receive no government funding, therefore all our funds have to come from great fundraising events such as this - the charity itself and the families, including a number in the local Kildare area, greatly appreciate the support."  

Service dogs can be a life changing addition to children with autism and their families and provide huge benefits including safety, independence and companionship.

Online registration is now open at www.popupraces.ie with entry fees ranging from €10 for juveniles runners/walkers to €20 for senior runners/walkers.

There are also two family rate categories to cover family groups of adults and children. Numbers are strictly limited and this event has sold out online every year to date. The organiser hope to provide on the day registration but only if the limited places haven’t sold out prior to the day.  

“It has always been a fantastic day and we are planning for the same this year. We would hate for people to be disappointed so we advise people to sign up online,” added Laura.

With chipped timing, medals and goody bags for all registered competitors; plus refreshments available for participants and their families on the day, this year's Jog For a Dog once again promises to be a great day out.

Registration is open at www.popupraces.com with more information about the race on the Jog for a Dog Facebook page and Twitter account.

Sponsorship cards are also available to any participants, please email race@jogforadog.com or call Laura on 086 358 1338 to receive a sponsorship card. For more information on My Canine Companion please see www.mycaninecompanion.ie  

Caption: Staff members of Irish Dog Foods, Naas, pictured with (front) Caroline Reilly, Laura Sullivan, Maria McGarry, Mandy Pakenham and Canine Companions, ‘Farrah’, ‘Harpur’, ‘Hally’, and ‘Vonnie’, at the launch to announce details of the 2019 ‘Jog for A Dog’ 5k Road Race with My Canine Companion Autism Services and supported by Irish Dog Foods PICTURE: TONY KEANE