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Carrickallen Community Fund 2023

The Carrickallen Wind Farm is operational since 2019. It is located near Bindoo and Mountain Lodge wind farms in Co. Cavan. The development comprises 10 wind turbines.


Each year, the Carrickallen community team allocate funding for local initatives.


2023 was a huge success - have a look.....


                                                                          

 

Carrickallen Wind Farm provides Scoil Maodhóg, Glebe, funding for “The Daily Mile”


The Daily Mile is a social physical activity, with children running or jogging – at their own pace – in the fresh air with friends. Children can occasionally walk to catch their breath, if necessary, but should aim to run or jog for the full 15 minutes.


"We want every child to have the opportunity to do The Daily Mile at Primary School, and are now working to build The Daily Mile’s community with schools, local councils, sports bodies and other supporters in Ireland and beyond. It takes place in 15 minutes, with most children averaging a mile, or more, each day."


Children run outside in the fresh air – and the weather is a benefit, not a barrier. There’s no set up, tidy up, or equipment required. No staff training is needed and there is no extra workload for teachers. Children run in their uniforms so no kit or changing time is needed. It’s social, non-competitive and fun. The children return to class ready to learn. It helps to improve fitness and achieve a healthy weight. It encourages children to be aware of their health. It’s fully inclusive; every child, whatever their circumstances, age or ability, succeeds at The Daily Mile.

 

At Scoil Maodhóg, The daily runs will be on the school grounds with opportunities to visit other local sites.  Visits were explored as the project developed and includes the local church area and car park, Castle Lake & Woodland Park, Local Athletics Club, Local GAA Amenity, 5k Road Run/Walk 

 

For the Daily mile, the school grounds needed to be surveyed....what daily route would we take and how would we know the pathway?? 








10K Fun Run in conjunction with the Daily Mile


Lots of help was needed as the school prepared to host a Fun Run and Walk 5km & 10km.


Parents, Board, Staff, Pupils and Local members of the community combined to complete the planning.

 

Everyone was up early to set up the event. Lots of treats for the participants- with an ice cream station, drinks station, tea and coffee area with lots of homemade baked goodies.   


Local roads marked with signs, stewards in High Vis vests to guide the way, all was set for the big day! 

 

Organiser, Roseanna Clarke spoke to us saying “The children were provided with a daily opportunity to improve fitness levels, while also being outdoors and building social networks. The children enjoyed getting out of class work and taking time out to run, walk and chat. They looked forward to the daily exercise routine and the school plan to continue the daily event in the new school year.

Exploring local area: The senior room got to take a walk down the local roadway and with the kind permission of a local landowner, climb the nearest drumlin. There was a few tired legs on the trip back to school!

The Community Fun Run/Walk event provided a great highlight to the project as it was organised by the school and parents association and brought the event to a community level. The children enjoyed a day with family, friends & community, with a mix of fun, exercise and treats.

Overall the project impacted positivity on the school and local community. It provided new activities for the children and created a new exercise routine which the school will easily continue into the next term.

Thank you very much for the support to fund this worthwhile project. Go raibh míle maith agat!”



 






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