Doneraile Park is the venue this weekend where Halloween will come alive with ghosts, goblins, witches and vampires as they all come out to take part in the 5K Ghostbuster run/walk in aid of the Anchor Treatment Centre, Mallow.
The run/walk will take place in Doneraile Park on this Saturday 1st November, at 12-30pm and is a major fundraising event to assist the Anchor Centre continue its work in helping those with addiction.
Entry costs €5 per child, €10 per adult and €20 per family (unlimited number of children). You can pre-register for the Ghostbusters 5K run/walk on www.ghostbusters5k.com, or pop into the Ghostbusters 5K depot on No; 58 Thomas Davis Street, Mallow (alongside Lucey’s Butchers) any day this week. You can also register on Saturday morning in the Nagle Rice Secondary School from 11am. A special wristband for The Anchor Centre in Mallow will be given to all participants on the day.
The Anchor Treatment Centre was established in 1995 by the Sisters of Mercy responding to the needs of the people for a community based Alcohol and Drug Counselling Service and a support network for families. The Centre provides a variety of services to families and individuals affected by alcohol, drug, food, gambling, sexual and other addictions
Barry Golden, Chairperson of the Anchor Treatment Centre said “The Ghostbusters 5K run/walk is a fundraising event where children, their siblings and parents are asked to actively support those individuals and families so affected by the experience of addiction. The emphasis on the day is on having fun and continuing the Halloween celebrations by making this a fancy dress event, though not compulsory. There will be lots of prizes on the day for those in fancy dress so I would encourage everyone to come out and enjoy this event”.
Sr. Miriam O’ Connell, CEO of the Anchor Treatment Centre said “Our clients and family members who seek help at Anchor come from all walks of life across the greater North Cork community. We offer a range of programmes in order to assist our clients back to recovery and fundraising, such as the Ghostbusters 5K will enable us to provide these services to our clients at a reduced rate. Our programmes include group and individual counselling and our free complimentary therapy programme”.
Sr. Miriam O’ Connell added “Unfortunately some children are exposed to alcohol and drug misuse from a very young age at home or in their community. Education about the benefit and availability of treatment are a strong support to those children and families experiencing addiction. We hope that the Anchor Treatment Centre will stay in the minds of the children and families who take part in the Ghostbusters 5K and should they ever need our help, they’ll know who to call”.