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5K Run - Jog - Walk. The Cavan Christmas Dash is a 5 Km road race in Cavan Town and its environs on St. Stephen's Day, Saturday - 26th December 2016.

This year we're asking the people of Cavan and beyond to come out and support Cystic Fibrosis Ireland, Cavan branch and help raise funds towards two dedicated out-patient rooms and two in-patient paediatric rooms at Cavan General Hospital.    
Get your St. Stephen's day off to a cracking start and join us Saturday morning (26th!) in Cavan Town. Thank you very much for your support. The race will start at 12pm (noon) so come early!
Register online and avoid queuing on the day! This is a chip-timed event. Results will be available online after the race.

Cystic Fibrosis Ireland
Cavan Branch

Cystic Fibrosis is Ireland’s most common life-threatening genetically inherited disease. CF primarily affects the lungs and digestive system.

The result is that people with CF (PWCF) are prone to constant chest infections and malnutrition. The impact of CF varies from one person to another but difficulty in breathing is the most common symptom. Approximately 1 in 19 people are carriers of the CF gene and where two carriers parent a child together, there is a 1 in 4 chance of the baby being born with Cystic Fibrosis.

With 1200 CF patients, Ireland has the highest proportion PWCF in the world. In a 2005 report Cavan had the second highest prevalence rate of people with CF by county of residence. CFI is a voluntary organisation that was set up by parents in 1963 to improve the treatment and facilities for people with CF in Ireland. It is supported by fundraising and voluntary contributions.

CF is multi-system disease that demands the delivery of purposeful, planned interventions from a multi-disciplinary care team to meet the complex, medical and psychosocial needs of PWCF. CFI provides advice, information to new parents, and other supports including advocacy and campaigning, funding medical and scientific research, supporting transplantation and organ donation and providing exercise, transplant and fertility grants. The priority of the Cavan branch of CFI in recent years has been two collaborative projects with the HSE to provide two dedicated out-patient rooms and two in-patient paediatric rooms in Cavan General Hospital.

Current estimates of this provision of facilities for over 40 PWCF in the Cavan- Monaghan region is one million euro.

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Race Route

Start: 12Noon ► The Farnham Arms ► Up Main Street, James Connolly Street ► College Street ► Railway Road (350 meters then turn back) ► Farnham Street ► Cathedral RoadTurn at St. Pat's College go down minor road towards Drumalee Cross ► In the Cootehill road (towards town) ► Up Church Street ► Main Street ► Finish: The Farnham Arms, Main Street.
► Join us for some refreshments in The Farnham Afterwards!!