Blind Runner - World Marathon 777

€3,067 of €5,000 goal

Raised by 47 people in 26 months
My name is Sinead Kane. I am registered blind with only 5% vision. I am raising money so that I can compete in the World Marathon Challenge to be held in January 2017. This race involves running 7 Marathons on 7 Continents in 7 Days.
The money raised will be used to cover:

€72,000 = Race Entry
€4,000 = Flights to South America and returning from Australia.
€2,000 = Specialised Clothing and kit.
€1,000 = Accommodation before and after Race
€1,000 = Insurance and expenses / contingency.
Total = €80,000

The entry fee for the race is €36,000 per person which for me is doubled as I need a guide which brings the cost to €72,000..
The entry fee includes:
Flight by specialist jet from Punta Arenas to Union Glacier, Antarctica - the location of the first Marathon.
Polar clothing, tented accommodation and meals in Antarctica from 20th January - 23rd January 2017.
Professionally organised Marathon events at Union Glacier, Punta Arenas, Miami, Madrid, Marrakech, Dubai and Sydney.* locations subject to change International business class flights or charter to each of the marathon locations.
Contingency plans and arrangements to cater for weather delays in Antarctica and guarantee availability on flights to meet a 7-day schedule.
Accommodation, where practical and possible at locations during the trip, and two nights’ accommodation in Sydney at the conclusion.
Medical support during the marathons on each continent.
Emergency medical evacuation insurance for Antarctica.
Professional video footage / photos of the World Marathon Challenge.
Offsetting of flight carbon emissions via Medals, t-shirts, souvenirs and merchandise related to the World Marathon Challenge.
*Please note: The entry fee does NOT include flights from my homeland Ireland to Punta Arenas to begin the trip or the return flight home at the end of the trip.

Even though my figure is €80,000 any excess raised will be going to a charity close to my heart - The Irish Guide Dogs. I grew up with guide dogs in my household and one day soon I may need one. The Irish Guide Dogs Association do fantastic work and any excess funds will be given to them.

Places are limited for the World Marathon Challenge and allocated on a first come first served basis. Hence, I need the money raised asap to secure my place. This event has sold out in previous years with a waiting list.

To do an event like this means a lot to me. For most of my childhood I was badly bullied because of my disability. Even in adulthood I have been bullied. Four years ago I took up running because I was asked to do a charity 10km run for blind children. I didn’t even know what distance a 10km run was but I said yes because charity work has always been a big part of my life and this was a charity close to my heart. Since then running has boosted my self-confidence more than I could have ever imagined.

The reason I want to do this event is:
1. To raise awareness about disability and perceptions about people with disabilities that they can’t do things.
2. To get a documentary made from the trip and have it broadcast on TV.
3. To create a Guinness World Record as I will be the first blind person to run 7 Marathons on 7 Continents in 7 Days. I will also be the first Irish female to do same in 7 Days.

To do this challenge would mean the World to me. There are certain things in life that I will never be able to do because of my bad eyesight. I will never be able to watch a sunrise or sunset. I will never be able to drive. I will never be able to see the world like fully sighted people. Even on this trip I won’t be able to see the beauty of the places that I will be in but at least I get to go there. No amount of money raised can change the fact that I am blind. I was born blind and I will die blind. But what can change is this money will give me the chance to 'experience' the world without being able to 'see' it.

Please give some light to my life and help make this trip happen for me.

I will be forever thankful!!!

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Can the running community help me get over the finish line. Only a small bit left to raise compared to the overall cost of the project of 80k.
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Check out my website: The Kane Ability -
My twitter handle is: @KaneSinead
Check out my website: The Kane Ability
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You might like to listen to this video to get to know my story better.
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Thank you to all those who have donated so far! Really means a lot to me!! €500 is a good start. Every €1 counts. Thanks Garry, Aodhagan, Louis, Aoibheann, Christine, Marie and for anyone who anonymously donated. Thank you!!
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€3,067 of €5,000 goal

Raised by 47 people in 26 months
Created September 27, 2016
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22 months ago
Ronan Conway
22 months ago

Best of Luck Sinéad and John.

22 months ago

THIS ability, go do it Sinead. Best of luck and bring back memories.

Ali Cruz
22 months ago

Well done Sinead ! Just heard you on the Ryan Tubridy show, what an amazing woman you are ! Have fun doing the 777, can't wait to see you on the Late Late afterwards with your Guinness Book of Records medal ! Go Girl !!

Paul Carroll
22 months ago

Just heard about the event and your participation on Ryan Tubridy. Sometimes it's hard ot get up in the morning here in snowy Finland -so amazing for you to even do one marathon in Antartica, but then 6 more within a week -I will be following with great interest and am in awe!

Sarah Delaney
22 months ago

Amazing woman Sinead, just listened to your interview with Ryan Tubridy, you're such an inspiration to all of us. Best of luck with the challenge

Caroline Gray
22 months ago

I heard you at pendulum and checked you in that morning. You are inspirational and made me feel very humble. Good luck. I'm behind you. Caroline Gray xx

Naoise Hartigan
22 months ago

You are an inspiration. Willing you on Sinead.

Tom Williams
22 months ago

Best of Luck Sinead & John!

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