Over the past couple of weeks at Alice PR & Events, we’ve been helping to promote the Home2Home Run.
I’ve worked on lots of campaigns and launches over the course of my career, but I think this is the first with such strong family connections.
Home2Home aims to support a young family who were recently bereaved. The Fogarty family lost husband and father Kevin Fogarty (aged 32) just before Christmas, when he died suddenly while on a family holiday in the UK.
Just a month before his death, Kevin had married his long-term partner, Laurena Meagher – my first cousin. The couple had been together since they were teenagers, and have two children, Callum (aged 8) and Layla-Jane (aged 5).
In the aftermath of Kevin’s death, Laurena and her family have received huge support from the communities in Templetuohy, Co. Tipperary (where Kevin was from) and in their adopted hometown of Clane, Co. Kildare. Friends and family members have joined together to organise a fundraising run in Kevin’s memory, with Home2Home planned for Saturday, 3rd June.
Six of Kevin’s closest friends will cover the distance from Templetuohy to Clane on that date – that’s 125km.
The run will begin with a 5km family fun-run in Templetuohy at 8am, which will be replicated in Clane later the same day.
Launch Photocall for the Home2Home Run
We launched the Home2Home run with a photocall recently.
Laurena – who is my cousin on my mother’s side, the Meagher side – attended the launch with her children; her sister, Eilish; and her brother-in-law, David Kelly.
On the Quinn side of my family, I have one particularly well-known first cousin, former Republic of Ireland footballer Niall Quinn. Niall very kindly agreed to participate in the launch to help publicise Home2Home.
So, for the first time ever, I managed a photocall where the participants were almost all related to me.
Alongside Niall, Tipp hurling star Noel McGrath and well-known jockey Mark Walsh came along to the photocall to support Home2Home. The very talented photographer Marc O’Sullivan captured some great pics, and we’ve had lots of media interest in the run as a result.
This is obviously a cause very close to us here at Alice PR & Events, and we’d urge people to support the campaign in any way they can. Tickets to support Home2Home Run are on sale, priced €25, or donations can be made through the campaign’s GoFundMe page. All money raised will go directly to support Kevin’s family.
Further information is available at: www.home2homerun.com.