TY VHI Mini Marathon Challenge – Get Ireland Walking

Following on from RTE and Operation Transformations “Its your move”, the PEAI are delighted to endorse the VHI TY Mini-Marathon Challenge – organised and ran by “Get Ireland Walking”. This initiative aims to promote walking and jogging in secondary school students in an effort to increase physical activity levels. Incorporating a motivational aspect, increase in activity levels and also a charity element, this looks like an ideal opportunity for teachers to promote running, jogging and walking amongst students. All information attached.


See below for details.


Kind reguards


Brendan O’Malley


PEAI President




V01T&C Transition Year School Challenge(1)

TY School Challenge 2016 PressRelease 1_____________________________________________________________________




Dear Principal, Teachers & Transition Year Co-Ordinators,
The Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon covers 10k and takes place on bank holiday Monday 6th June 2016. With over 40,000 participants, the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon is one of the largest all-female events in the world. The event is hugely important for many charities throughout Ireland, participants raised over €197 million since the event began.

This is just one of many programs that Get Ireland Walking is supporting this year. Get Ireland Walking is an initiative of Sport Ireland, funded by Healthy Ireland, supported by Mountaineering Ireland, the Irish Heart Foundation, HSE Health Promotion and others. Statistics show that girls fall off in fitness levels once they start secondary school and Get Ireland Walking is working to change this by supporting girls to get active. To achieve this, Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon in association with Get Ireland Walking is providing transition year students with an opportunity to raise money for their school or a cause by taking up the challenge.

Everydayhero from MyCharity is helping participating schools in their fundraising efforts by providing a free Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon fundraising account, a trophy and a donation of €1000 for the winning school and all schools are in with a chance to win.


Today is the official launch of the Transition Year Challenge and Vhi Partner, The Herald Newspaper, have dedicated a generous spread to promote the event Nationally with one of the participating post-primary schools in Donnybrook, D4. I am attaching all relevant documents for you attention, including terms and conditions of the challenge, press release and poster for your school. Also attached is today’s publication in The Herald. Please do not hesitate to contact me (Jason) on 087-2994687 to discuss the opportunity and challenge further, I look forward to hearing from you.

Warm regards

Jason King

National Programme Manager
Get Ireland Walking
Mountaineering Ireland
Irish Sport HQ
National Sports Campus
Dublin 15, Ireland

Tel: +353 1 6251109
Mob: +353 87 2994687
email: jason@getirelandwalking.ie