Fermoy Sanctuary Runners putting best foot forward in solidarity, friendship and respect

Some of those who turned out last week in Fermoy to run as one.

Some ran, some walked, some did a bit of both – all smiled. Last Saturday morning at St Colman’s pitch in Fermoy the local Sanctuary Runners’ group welcomed new members, including many of those recently arrived to the nearby St Joseph’s building.

Celebrating its fifth birthday this weekend the Sanctuary Runners was founded by Fermoy resident Graham Clifford and has always been supported by the Tomar Trust with the late great Dr Tom Cavanagh a huge believer in the organisation’s aims, mantra and all-inclusive approach.

Using running, jogging and walking to bring all in our communities together, including asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants, the Sanctuary Runners work under the core principles of solidarity, friendship and respect.

There are now over 35 Sanctuary Runner groups across Ireland with plans to add another 20 in 2023. Included in these groups are many Ukrainian people who have arrived in Ireland since the invasion of their country.

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