The 6km Blue Balloon Fun Run and Walk for the Cork Association for Autism is set for this Sunday, 10 September.
The fourth annual Blue Balloon Fun Run and Walk fundraiser will take place in Blackrock, Cork City at 11am.
The flat off-road route will start near Páirc Ui Chaoimh before travelling down the Old Railway Line and returning back along the water to finish up at Blackrock Castle. At the finish line participants will be greeted with light refreshments, an ice cream van and family entertainment
Registration can be taken online and the entry fee for adults is €15 and for children under-12 is €5. However entry is free for participants who request a sponsorship cared from CAA.
All monies raised at this event will go towards the covering the costs of vehicles used to transport users of the service from their homes to the service centres, and to access community integration activities and daytrips.
“The funds raised at this event will contribute towards the transport facility offered by the CAA,” said Carol Walsh, Fundraising Coordinator at the CAA, “which allows the people who avail of our services to access community and recreational activities. The transport is a fundamentally important aspect as it aids in achieving community integration, improving service user’s socialisation skills and promotes independence. Additionally; as the official colour for Autism is blue, 300 people running along the water’s edge with blue balloon tied to their wrists will raise great awareness for autism in our community so we would greatly appreciate any support of this family friendly event.”
Parking will be available at a designated car park, with signage and stewards available for guidance. Bus Éireann will provide a free shuttle bus to escort participants from the finish line back to their cars. There will be no balloon release this year, with all balloons tied to participants’ wrists for the run can be kept as a souvenir.
Registration for individuals, families, teams and groups can be completed through, while sponsorship card which can be requested by calling Ms Carol Walsh on 021 453 3642 or by emailing