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Vhi Healthcare is delighted to sponsor the Women’s Mini Marathon for the next five years. The Women’s Mini Marathon is the biggest all-female event of its kind in the world, attracting 40,000 participants annually. The 2015 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon will take place Monday June 1.
The new partnership announcement comes at a time when running, as a means to maintaining a heathy and active lifestyle, is experiencing significant growth in Ireland. According to the latest Irish Sports Monitor Report (ISM) 2013, running is the third most popular sporting activity in the country and has seen the strongest increase in participation (from 6.1% in 2011 to 8.5% in 2013). This is reflected in the popularity of the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon, which is the biggest all female event of its kind in the world, with nearly 40,000 women taking part in 2014 and raising €12million for charity.
To find out more, go to www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie
Vhi Healthcare is delighted to support Blue September - a male cancer awareness charity, which was brought to Irish shores in 2011 in order to raise much needed funds for men’s cutting edge health programmes. Three charities are the recipients of the funds raised under the umbrella charity, Men’s Cancer Alliance – these charities are Mercy Cancer Appeal, The Mater Foundation and Cancer Care West.
The World Health Organization predict that cancer cases will increase by 70% in the next two decades, so now more than ever there needs to be a commitment towards prevention and early detection of cancer to complement improvements in treatments for cancer patients. As 1 in 4 women and 1 in 3 men in Ireland will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime we want men to start facing up to their increased cancer risk and take more responsibility for their own health. Blue September is a fun way of delivering this message and we know that if more men took better care of their health, we could significantly reduce the numbers of men dying from cancer every year in Ireland.
In 2013, Vhi Healthcare commenced its sponsorship of Blue September, raising much needed funds for the recipient charities in the fight against cancer. Dermot Whelan and Bernard O’Shea have been our brand ambassadors for the campaigns to date, driving awareness of men’s cancer and encouraging men to be cancer aware.
To find out more key facts about men’s health and to donate, go to www.BlueSeptember.ie