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A Portlaoise business is helping to organise a serious fundraiser for Down Syndrome

A massive fundraiser for the Down Syndrome charity will begin in Portlaoise next Wednesday morning, July 19.

Joe Mallon Motors are the main sponsor of an event that will see members of the Irish Defence Force run in relay format from Portlaoise to Kildare Village – and then pull a 16.5 ton Army Mowag to Naas. The event will start in Joe Mallon’s Portlaoise showroom at 8am on Wednesday morning and finish in their Naas showroom between 2 and 3pm that afternoon.

It’s a total journey of 52km – with the last 22km pulling the Mowag.

Dave Murray from the Down Syndrome Centre in the midlands joined Anthony Mallon in Portlaoise to shoot a Facebook video this week to promote the event.

“This year the Defence Forces have come together with Down Syndrome Centre and with Anthony’s help, … the event is going to start at 8am on July 19. There will be a relay run of 30 personnel,” said Dave.

“They’ll go as far as Kildare Village along the old road. From Kildare Village they’re going to pull 16.5 tonnes of military grade steel from there to Joe Mallons in Naas. 60-80 guys involved in it and up to 80 others involved as well.”

“Anthony has been our biggest supporter for the last two years and he’s with us again this year which is brilliant and his team that sits behind him has propped us up all the way. All their support has been amazing.”

If you want to make a contribution, you can do so on the iDonate page.

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