Pam Grogan ran an amazing 100km over two days last weekend as part of a host of fundraising events hosted by the Trilogy Triathlon club.
The We Care Campaign was held over the last week of June to raise funds for Family Carers Ireland and Portlaoise Educate Together N.S.
The incredible undertaking by Pam and her Triology Triathlon colleagues was to raise funds for Le Cheile ASD Classes in Portlaoise Educate Together N.S.
They set themselves a target of €10,000 to raise for both causes, and this has been significantly surpassed.
“I decided to do the 100k over two days because I wanted to include the children and the community and try and get people involved,” Pam explained.
“I wanted to be able to raise awareness and because people might be able to donate less at the moment, so it was important to have more donors,” Pam explained.
Because the event was to raise to funds for autism and support services, Pam said the theme was very much about inclusion and getting as many people involved as possible.
The undertaking by Pam certainly was a challenging one. “It has taken over my life for the past six months, in addition to my full-time job,” she said.
“I don’t think people realise what it takes to do 100km in two days, and managing to come away injury free,” Pam said.
On each day, it was a case of doing a 10k run, going home for a 90 minute break and getting something to eat and then heading back for another 10k run, 5 times in total, each day. “At the end, I was just thrilled to have done it,” she enthused.
Pam said the support of the Trilogy Club in Portlaoise was invaluable to her. “They are a great group to be a part of,” she said.
The impact they had on the local community and the profile they raised for their chosen charities, was what was particularly rewarding for Pam and all those involved.
Laois Sports Partnership was also delighted to be able to help out with a financial contribution towards the cost of t-shirts. Pam said this helped them to be particularly visible on the day and greatly increase the profile of the event.
Their base location at the Bog Road on the outskirts of Portlaoise also meant that they were constantly visible over the weekend to people in the town, and those passing through.
“What’s important for me is that it’s going into the local community and towards the Family Carers,” Pam said.
The funds raised will now be used to buy PE equipment specially designed for people on the spectrum. However, it can also be used by children in mainstream education at Educate Together. The money raised will also go towards finishing part of the occupational therapy room and sensory items which are needed.
Money donated to the Family Carers will be used to buy essential items for families in need.
Pam was delighted that so many people got involved, doing their own 100k over the month of June. And people rowed in, in different ways, some literally. Friends of Pam’s were rowing 100k in Athlone to help raise funds.