Dean Hayes ran the Dublin City Marathon in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis Wexford Branch because his father was diagnosed with MS early last year.
He raised €4,650 where €500 went on posters, tickets, a donation to Order of Malta and refreshments on the day of the Fundraiser.
Dean said he wanted to thank his little inspiration, Alanna Russell from Navan who sadly passed away on the 13th of December. He said he received his award in honour of her.
He organised runs in the New Ross area, a couch to 5k in the lead up to the marathon as a fundraiser where approximately 150 people took part. He did not just leave this there. He is now planning doing 12 marathons in 12 days in 12 counties with two friends Mark Duffy and James Wise in aid of Aoibheann’s Pink Tie. He has joined the running club in Wexford to help him with his training.
His dad is doing well and is stable at the moment. Dean raised so much awareness for Multiple Sclerosis.
He has also set up a fitness group during Operation Transformation in Horeswood to help others achieve what he has achieved. He is involved also with the camogie group and with the community. Dean said there are so many people doing so many wonderful things working behind the scenes.
On receiving the December South East Radio/Talbot Hotel Outstanding Achievement Award he said his father was his inspiration and this is what got him through the marathon. His mother and father surprised Dean by arriving in studio when he received his award. His mam said “when Dean commits himself to something he is 150% committed to it”.
Dean was overwhelmed and thanked South East Radio and the Talbot Hotel for this amazing award.