While most children are still learning to negotiate the hopscotch court, the toddlers of Enquiring Minds Childcare in Clane will be pedalling, running and tackling tough obstacles to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland.
The ‘toddler triathlon’ is being organised by Theresa Donnelly of Mainham Woods in Clane, whose four-year-old son Ewan suffers from Cystic Fibrosis.
The event will see children aged between two and five complete a bike, run and and obstacle course. It will be held at Enquiring Minds Childcare, Yew Tree Square in Clane on Saturday May 26 at 10.30am. In addition to fundraising, the aim of the event is to create increased awareness of Cystic Fibrosis.
“We are anticipating our event to be a huge success,” Theresa told the Leinster Leader. “Most of the children will be from the Montessori, though there may also be some kids from other groups at the centre.”
The kids taking part in the event will raise funds through sponsorship by family, friends and neighbours. To celebrate their achievement, the children will receive a medal, as well as a t-shirt and goodie bag. There will be several other activities for the children to enjoy, including a bouncy castle, face painting, balloons, music and dancing and a bake sale. It is the first time the triathlon has been organised and Theresa hopes up to 60 kids from Enquiring Minds Childcare will take part. She hopes the event can raise over €2,000 for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland.
However much is raised, the event promises to be great fun for the kids. “If the weather is good, we’ll obviously get more kids taking part since it’s mainly an outdoor event,” she said.\
- Liam Godinho