Supporting hospital workers can get you a medal

A VIRTUAL run, walk, treadmill or cycle event in aid of St James’s Hospital and other Dublin hospitals has been launched by Bling Hunters – an organisation that helps connect people and causes through this sort of charity event.

“We are putting this event together to show our support for our frontline heroes and in doing so supporting three big hospitals – St. James’s, Tallaght University Hospital and St. Vincent’s Hospital,” Wayne O ‘Driscoll of the Bling Hunters committee said.

“This is a virtual walk, run, treadmill or cycle challenge and it can take place anywhere in the world, in your own time and at your own pace – it is that simple. Each time you go out to complete your chosen area, track your kilometres and send in the evidence to our Facebook page to receive your medal and certificate of completion,” O’Driscoll explained.

Participants can run at whatever pace they want in whatever time they want. You can choose a challenge as small as 1km or all the way up to 2,000km.

This event is one of many being hosted for frontline staff around the country. Irish sporting stars such as Robbie Keane, Robbie Henshaw and Jonathan Sexton have all shown their support for both the frontline staff and foundation at St James’s Hospital.

“The bravery and courage you are showing to save lives is incredible and has not gone unnoticed. You all are the real heroes here,” Keane said in a video message.

Irish rugby player Henshaw said: “To all the medical staff, the work you guys are doing is incredible you really are the heroes in this country. We are all behind you. Keep fighting, keep positive, we’ve got this.”