Father of Belfast toddler with heart condition praises runners in Gaeltacht Quarter 10km event

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Above: Little Daithí Mac Gabhann with his parents Máirtín and Seph at the race yesterday. 

All images: Mal McCann

Four hundred participants from all over Ireland took part in an event yesterday in west Belfast to support the campaign for organ donation

The annual Gaeltacht Quarter 10km run was helped as many people turned out to support the campaign spearheaded by local hero, toddler Daithí Mac Gabhann who is 20 months old.

Daithí’s story has inspired thousands and informed so many more on the importance of organ donation as he waits for a heart transplant.

Runners departed from An Chultúrlann at 9.00am before travelling past the Gaeltacht area of the Shaws Rd and making its way back down through Andersontown and to the Cultúrlann.

This year’s winner, Ed McGinley, recorded a time of 32.59.

All participants were greeted with refreshments and fruit when they arrived back at the Cultúrlann. They were also presented with the ‘10km na Ceathrún Gaeltachta’ medal and T-Shirt.

Máirtín Mac Gabhann, Dáithí’s father, said: “We are absolutely delighted at the number of people participating in the run this year, and for their continued support for this extremely important campaign. The way in which the community has stood by us during the past few years has been extremely uplifting and comforting.

“As a result of that support and solidarity, we and especially Dáithí have been able to raise so much awareness about the importance of organ donation.

“Hundreds of people, waiting on organ donations, will benefit from this campaign and that is huge lift for all of us. Every person that ran this year helped raise awareness of the #YesIDonate campaign.  The huge support we have received represents the very best of our community.”

Winner Ed McGinley

Runners outside Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich in west Belfast

Some of the runners who took part

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