Tom Waldron 5K – August 13th 2019

July 29, 2019

Tom Waldron 5K Run/Walk in Claremorris in aid of Protect the Children of the World
Tuesday August 13th 2019
Claremorris Athletics TrackRegister from 6:30pmRun Starts at 7:30

The annual Tom Waldron 5K run/walk in aid of Claremorris based group ‘Protect the Children of the World” will take place on Tuesday 13th August 2109 at the Claremorris Athletics Track. Registration will start at 6:30 with the run / walk starting at 7:30
After the highly successful event last year we are continuing with of our 5k run/walk in honour of Tom Waldron to raise funds to remove children from forced labour and back into education.
RACE INFO
Entry Fee:  Adults €10, Families €20, Students €5 and donations will be very welcome.
This event is supported by Mayo AC, Claremorris Athletic Club and is coordinated by Protect Children of the World Organisation in Claremorris.
AAI measured and permitted  course race is Claremorris track start/finish nearby same as recent 5k series
Refreshments/Prize giving there afterwards

About Tom Waldron
Tom Waldron was a well known road runner who could list among his many achievements being a finisher in nine Dublin City Marathons between 1982 and 2013. Tom’s last two marathons were completed after having major surgery during his battle with cancer in 2010. Tom was a member of Mayo Athletic Club and won a number of medals while wearing the green and red including gold in the Men’s Over 70 National Half Marathon Championships on Sunday 6th of September 2009, a few days after his 70th birthday. Tom made his International debut representing Ireland in the Men’s Over 75 Masters team competing in the Home Countries Cross Country Championships in Nottingham in November 2014. Tom always took pride in being a runner well into his 70’s, during races he would always be on the look out to see if there was anyone more “senior” than him taking part! Tom was never too interested in racing against the clock, for him running was about enjoying the outdoors, participation, meeting people old and young and challenging himself. Tom believed that a healthy body and a healthy mind were inextricably linked. It is fitting that the Protect the Children of The World Charity have dedicated their fund raising race to Tom Waldron’s name since it was the last race that he took part in before he passed away suddenly in October 2015. Tom was a big supporter of the charity and was involved in many of the charities other fund raising activities.
Protect Background
Since 2012 Kitui Development Centre, a non-profit organisation based in Kitui Kenya, has opened its Rescue Centre to cater for children removed from the worst forms of child labour.  
Kitui, in Eastern Kenya, has the second highest rate of child labour in the country. Between 2011 and Feb 2013  KDC with the assistance of International Labour Organisation (ILO) removed 800 children from child labour and assisted with providing them with 3 months Vocational Training.  However this proved inadequate for the children who had very low self esteem and extremely low levels of literacy and numeracy. 
This gave rise for Protect start to deliver numeracy, literacy and Life Skills programmes to children together with counselling and psycho-social support. Presently we are working with 11 rescued children and during the next two years, we will support them in Vocational Training.  The average cost of non residential Apprenticeship per year is €200 and residential Vocational Training €450.
Child labour is derived from poverty where 67% of the people in the Kitui District live below the poverty line. Coupled with this is HIV/AIDS prevalence, the rate stands at 4.8% and accounts for about 19,496 infections each year leaving very many orphans and vulnerable children heading households and needing assistance.
Areas where children are involved in child labour include farm work, herding cattle and goats, cleaning , laundering and domestic work, sand harvesting, stone crushing, brick making, water vending, charcoal burning, bodaboda(motorcycles offering public transport) and hawking.
Our experience is that children withdrawn from child labour suffer psychologically, emotionally and spiritually and it is necessary to work closely with them before placing them in training for work.  It is also very necessary to work with the families assisting them with Income Generating Activities, an understanding of the consequences of child labour and a change in some cultural beliefs.
Information from Janet Hinchion 087 268 3327 

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