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Go the extra mile

Wednesday, 20th November, 2019 4:35pm

Running legend Sonia O’Sullivan is leading a call-out for volunteers in Cork to get involved and organise a GOAL Mile in their communities.

The GOAL Mile is the humanitarian aid agency's longest running and most popular fundraisers when thousands of people all over the country abandon the turkey and pudding and walk, run or jog a mile on Christmas Day.

Last year, more than 130 GOAL Miles took place throughout Ireland. In Cork, there were three GOAL Miles last year in Doneraile, Bishopstown and Ballynoe. GOAL is calling on volunteers to continue their support of these events and to encourage people to host a new event in their community.

Sonia, a GOAL patron, has been an advocate of the event for years now and gets out to do the GOAL Mile with family and friends in Australia every year where she is based.

She said: “The GOAL Mile is a fantastic way to raise money for GOAL’s life-saving work overseas. Even in Australia, we do our own GOAL Mile so that we’re giving back to people in need at a time when we all receive so much. I’m asking people in Cork, and all over Ireland to make the GOAL Mile the best it’s ever been and follow the simple steps to organising a GOAL Mile.

“There are only a few simple steps to organise a GOAL Mile in your community. GOAL supports organisers every step of the way to ensure the GOAL Mile is fun for all ages and fitness levels. 130 events took place last Christmas in nearly every county in 2018 and this year GOAL hopes to bring a GOAL Mile to every county."

Alan Vard, GOAL Senior Development Manager, said it is hoped to have a GOAL Mile in proximity to everyone in Ireland this year: “Each year GOAL volunteers do phenomenal work to organise 130 GOAL Miles throughout Ireland. We want to make the GOAL Mile available to people in all counties this year.

We are asking volunteers to contact GOAL to set up their own GOAL Mile and reaching out to our current volunteers to get involved again.”

Register your interest in hosting a GOAL Mile with David Burns at or visit

Choose a date for the event.

It doesn’t have to be Christmas Day. Maybe St Stephen’s Day suits better?

Confirm your location and check with local authorities/landowners about using the space.

Advertise your event with posters in the area and on social media.

Collect donations on the day and award GOAL Mile certificates to participants.

Most importantly, have fun!

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