‘Future focused and community led’ – Sanctuary Runners to be funded by Rethink Ireland

Pictured at the Rethink Ireland, Impact Fund for Munster 2023 awards presentation, hosted by EI Electronics, were Mick Guinee, CEO, Ei Electronics; Niall Collins, TD, Minister of State for the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science; Deirdre Mortell, CEO, Rethink Ireland and John Fitzgerald, Board Member, Rethink Ireland. (Picture: Michael O'Sullivan)

Nine future-focused and community-led non-profit groups from Munster have been announced as funding recipients for the First Rethink Ireland Sustainability-focused Fund, including Sanctuary Runners, the brainchild of Fermoy resident, Graham Clifford.

Sharing in funding totalling €762,375, the organisations will receive a package of cash grants and business support over a six month period. The aim of this funding is to help the awardees expand and increase their social impact.

Following the announcement, Annemarie Sheehan, Sanctuary Runners Community Development Officer for Munster said: “We know that Sanctuary Runners makes communities stronger and are a vital beacon of welcome and source of connection for those who come to make Ireland their home. 

“The fund will allow us to imbed the impact we have made over the last number of years across North Cork and Munster, grow and support our groups in Mallow, Fermoy, Lismore and beyond, as well as support the creation of new groups.”

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