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Facilities Management

Be a Claus for a good cause

Author: Brendan Devlin

Posted: 15 Nov 2018

(Pictured): GRAHAM staff join Olympic Games athlete Kerry O'Flaherty and Cash for Kids organisers at the Mary Peters Track for the launch of this year's Santa Dash

GRAHAM’s Facilities Management (Traffic Management) team is the headline sponsor of this year's Santa Dash 2018, which takes place on Sunday 2 December 2018 (10am).

The fun-filled event will start and finish at Writer’s Square, Belfast.

There are two fun options for individuals and families to get involved:

  • Join Santa and the Cool FM breakfast team on the family 2km walking route
  • Take part in the official verified and timed new 5km route (a Santa suit and finisher medal are included)

Everything raised from the event, which is organised by Cash for Kids Northern Ireland, will support disadvantaged children across Northern Ireland.

Eryn Duff, Charity Manager, Cash for Kids, explains how to get involved:


“We are absolutely delighted that GRAHAM has come on board to support our campaign and it’s great to see how many of their employees are getting actively involved. Hundreds of families and runners took part last year and we are hoping to see even more there this year.

“There are two different registration options. You can join Santa and the Cool FM team and take part in the 2km Dash, singing carols along the way. Registration is just £7.50 per adult and includes a free Santa suit. Children can join in for free too.

“Or you can sign up for the timed 5km route which is suitable for those aged 15 and over and achieve your personal best in a Santa suit. Registration is just £25 and includes a free Santa suit and 5km finisher’s medal.”


Discussing the partnership with Cash for Kids, Brendan Devlin, Managing Director, GRAHAM Facilities Management, said:


"We are thrilled to be part of this important annual event and support the local community. Our colleagues will be responsible for traffic management and marshalling at the event, and many of our employees and their families will also be taking part to fundraise for Cash for Kids.

"A number of sports people close to GRAHAM are helping us to promote this special event. Kerry O'Flaherty, who represented Ireland in the 3,000m steeplechase at the Olympic Games in Rio; Ed McGinley, Content Manager for GRAHAM and former Irish international athlete; and David O’Flaherty, Maintenance Estimator for GRAHAM Facilities Management, and a member of the Northern Ireland 2016 Cross Country Championship winning team, are all supporting the initiative.”


Kerry O'Flaherty, who is a multiple Irish champion, said:


“It is always a pleasure to support my local community and promote fitness for all ages. The Santa Dash is a great event for everyone, young and old, with the 2km walk and 5km run.  I would encourage people to give this festive run a go and be a Claus for a good cause.”


For further information and to register check out www.coolfm.co.uk/dash