Ballaghaderreen GAA Club hosts hugely successful Colour Run

Girl Power! Pictured at CJ’s Rainbow Colour Run is Roisin McCann, CJ’s sister, leading the girls to the finish line.

Last Sunday, over 300 children took part in CJ’s Rainbow Colour Run, hosted by Ballaghaderreen GAA Club, with all proceeds raised going towards two childhood cancer charities, Hand in Hand and Oscar’s Kids.

The event was organised by members of the local community to support CJ’s Rainbow Charity Cycle, which takes place in August, in memory of local child, CJ McCann, who passed away from brain cancer last October, aged just 21 months, with both events raising funds and awareness for the two amazing charities.

The Colour Run was a huge success, with families travelling from near and far to support the event, and a huge community effort ensured all ran smoothly.

Former Mayo GAA star, and proud Ballaghaderreen man, Andy Moran, took the children through their paces for a warm-up, as Peppa Pig, Chase, Minnie Mouse and a number of other celebrities watched on.

After the vibrant colours were thrown, the large crowd made its way around a 1km route, which concluded in a short obstacle course, and then it was time for refreshments to help cool down in the sweltering sun.

Speaking at the event, CJ’s father, Joe, was emotional as he thanked the local community for supporting the family during and since CJ’s illness.

“People were always willing to go the extra mile for us in this community, and we are forever indebted to them for supporting us in our toughest moments over the past 20 months, and particularly in organising this amazing event; it has been so special for us,” he said.

Just 24 hours earlier, Ballaghaderreen senior footballers had played Swinford in a rescheduled league fixture, warming up in CJ’s Rainbow Charity t-shirts, a touching tribute to CJ and his family.

An iDonate page, www.idonate.ie/cjsrainbow has been set up to continue to raise funds for CJ’s Rainbow Charity Cycle, which will see 21 cyclists travel from Malin to Mizen Head over just four days.