Robbie Steele Memorial Run Poster

The Whitegate Residents Association, together with East Cork Athletic Club, are gearing up for the Robbie Steele Memorial Run. Now in its 3rd year, the Run is done in loving memory of local boy Robbie Steele, who tragically lost his life in a road traffic accident on October 9, 2014.
The Run will take place on Thursday, 5 July, commencing at Whitegate National School. Walkers will set off at 7pm, followed by runners at 8pm. The route will follow the scenic path from the school to Lower Aghada and back. In the past years, proceeds have been donated to Enable Ireland, Marymount Hospice and other worthy causes.
Speaking with The East Cork Journal Ursula Ennis, member of the Whitegate Residents Association, said, “Entry fee is €10 and we are delighted to announce that all proceeds this year are going to Bláthnah Óige which is the Early Intervention Centre for children with Autism at Scoil Íosagáin Aghada.”
Opening last September, this new facility integrated with the main school, and is vitally important for children with an autism diagnosis to get the very best start, not just in their schooling but in life. The Unit includes a classroom, multisensory room and outdoor play area. The new building is almost completed and will open in August. Already €75,000 has been raised and the target is to reach €125,000. “We hope everyone will come out and support us on the night, and we’re having a barbeque back at Whitegate National School after the Run. It has always been a great night in the community calendar.”