SSE Airtricity invites public to run like the wind for children at University Hospital Limerick

SSE Airtricity, Ireland’s largest renewable energy generator, is inviting the public to register for its 5k Tournafulla and Rathcahill Wind Farms Run, taking place on Saturday 20th June. The event is in aid of the Children’s Ark Unit at University Hospital Limerick.

Registration for the event is now open at register.sportstiming.ie/ps/event/Windfarm5km. The run will take participants through a scenic 5k route between SSE Airtricity’s Tournafulla and Rathcahill Wind Farms in West Limerick. SSE Airtricity has a total of four wind farms in the region, which have a combined capacity of over 100MW and supply greener and cleaner energy to around 50,000 homes.

The Children’s Ark is a purpose-built paediatric unit at University Hospital Limerick. There are 49 beds in the unit’s Sunshine and Rainbow wards, as well as a high-dependency unit, a cystic fibrosis unit, a diabetes care department and the Caterpillar day ward. The unit also includes the Children’s Ark School, which provides primary and secondary level education to children requiring care at the hospital.

Tournafulla and Rathcahill Site Operator, Sean Carter, said: “We’re really looking forward to the big day. The Children’s Ark is a wonderful facility, and we’re hoping for a big turnout to raise vital funds for its future. It’s a picturesque course for the runners, and I’m expecting the event to be a lot of fun. At SSE Airtricity, we’re proud to make a positive difference to the communities in which we live and work, and hopefully the Tournafulla and Rathcahill Wind Farms Run will do just that.”

The SSE Airtricity staff on site will be donating their time to organising and running the event through the company’s Be the Difference programme. The programme gives every SSE Airtricity employee the opportunity to take a day out of their usual schedule to donate their time to a charity or community event of their choice.

Peig Harnett C.N.S. (Clinical Nurse Specialist) at University Hospital Limerick, commented: “SSE Airtricity’s Wind Farms Run is set to be a fantastic event for the local community, and hopefully it will raise important funding for the Children’s Ark. We want our facilities to give the children the most holistic care possible and put them on the road to recovery.”

The SSE Airtricity 5k Tournafulla and Rathcahill Wind Farms Run will kick off at 11am on Saturday 20th June. To register, go to https://register.sportstiming.ie/ps/event/Windfarm5km. Please note that you must register online prior to the event, as there will be no option to sign-up on the day. Registration opened on Wednesday 20th May and will close on Friday 19th June.