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Blackwater 10k Presentations

Presentation of €8000.00 by Blackwater 10k Committee 2017.
Blackwater 10k Tenth Anniversary was held on Sunday 21May 2017 .Our main sponsors were Monaghan Credit Union and Specsavers Monaghan. The Committee of the Blackwater 10k, some in the picture attached made a presentation at Crocus premises on Wed last 26th July of €8,000 divided between two Charities.  Crocus, Monaghan and SoSad, Carrickmacross. These two very worthwhile charities depend on charitable donations from the public to keep them afloat, they have no central funding. Mary from Crocus welcomed both representatives from Blackwater 10K Committee and SoSad ladies to their premises where the presentations were made in the beautiful gardens on their grounds. We were treated to a cuppa tea and refreshments after the presentations.
Mary from Crocus had the following words of thanks for our committee and all present.
"Crocus is a local cancer peer support group that is totally reliant on fundraising events like the Blackwater 10K and other donations.  We are here to support both men and women on their cancer journey in a confidential, nurturing and caring environment.  We are extremely grateful to the people of Monaghan and the surrounding areas for their continued support and we are very proud to be able to provide this service in our area.  Once again a huge thank you."
Denise from SoSad with her colleagues was also very grateful for the donation €4,000 received from the Blackwater 10k committee. SoSad (Save our Son’s and Daughters) this wonderful charity is for family and friends of someone who has lost their life to suicide and for people who are feeling suicidal it gives them the support they need through dark times in their lives. Based in Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan SoSad can be contacted on 041 9848754 or email them at info@sosadireland.ie.   
Our main sponsors- Monaghan Credit Union and Specsavers Monaghan, were supported in 2017 by Eastern Balti, Jim Hand (Hand Footwear), The Northern Standard, Smarttanks, Castleshane Kitchens. The committee would also like to thank these sponsors who have been supporting the Blackwater 10k for the past number of years.
Monaghan United Grounds Gortakeegan was the location for the start/ finish this year and we are grateful for their continued support. Francis Mc Quaid Tyres and Grahams were supportive again this year in allowing us to use their car parks. Monaghan Friday Market for supplying gazebos. Shabra Plastics, LacPatrick gave generous support in relation to requirements for refreshments served to all. Please support these local businesses as without them these runs and charity raising events could not take place.
Monaghan County Council supplied barriers and cones, we are grateful for local council staff support their team lead by Donal Mc Elwaine, Gardai for their help with traffic control. Mary Meehan was on hand at the start and finish to give good quality massage to any of the competitors that required assistance. The committee was also very grateful for the goodie bags donations distributed to the athletes. We were especially thankful to Connolly Pharmacy in Scotstown for their very generous contribution to our packs issued to athletes.
The committee of the Blackwater have been supported by local press Northern Standard representative Rory Geary over the past number of years with photos of race at various points and at our presentations and race promotions. We are more than grateful for your support.
Peader Mc Mahon from  
www.emyvale.net has been another stalwart of support in getting publicity for our event of the past 10years and ensuring the success of the race which enables us to make these donations. Thank you for your commitment and support.
Sean Mc McCaffrey from Northern Sound has also given significant air time to promote our race and has also completed the 10k on Sunday 21st in his preparation for the Dublin city marathon. Sean has also been our MC when available over a number of years and has made the event very enjoyable for all participants.  
The success is all down to the hard work and dedication of the Blackwater  Committee  lead by Eamonn Hackett, Chairperson Geraldine Connolly, Sec/Pro , Malachy McMenamin, Treasurer  committee members  Sean Conlon, Paddy Sherry, Paul McGeown, Peter McKenna, Michelle Murphy, Michael Mc McCarthy, Michael Fisher representing Monaghan Lions club. The Monaghan Sports Partnership has been a very committed supporter of the Blackwater 10k Walk n Run since its inception in 2008. Michelle Murphy an active member of our committee and her colleagues Dean, Shane and Eilish, who assisted us with our preparation ensuring delivery of a community event enjoyed by a wide section of the local people as well as those who travelled from neighbouring  counties
Thanks to all the volunteers from the Lions Club led by John Smith who gave up their Saturday for registration in the Shopping centre and all the other Volunteers who give up their Sunday especially, Brendan Buckley and his team from  Monaghan Civil Defence. The volunteer centre in Monaghan organised by Sinead Keenan also provided people for assistance at registration and on the day in the park.
On a final note, thanks to all the runners, walkers, fun runners, joggers and supporters who turned up on the day to raise money for these charities. The generosity of the people who support these events gives great heart to those who prepare these events for local charity contribution ALL very worthy causes.  Simply Thanks.

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