PUPILS past and present from Kilmoyle Primary School took part in the Belfast Marathon on Bank Holiday Monday in memory of a former pupil who sadly passed away recently.
Twelve-year-old Darren Moore lost his battle with cancer recently and tributes were paid to a young person described as “kind” and generous” and someone who had made a lasting impression on everyone.
The principal of the school, Julie Wysner, deserves high praise for completing the course and her achievements are all the more remarkable considering she only began training for the event after Christmas.
“I had never taken part in a marathon before but the experience was great. I don’t know if I’ll do it again, but I’m delighted we achieved so much for Darren,” Julie told the Times.
In total a group of 25 people travelled to Belfast to take part in the 3 mile Fun Run, the 9 mile walk and the 26.2 mile marathon. Brogan’s Coaches donated transport to and from Belfast to make sure all the walkers and runners arrived on time and ready to go!
Teachers, staff and parents from Kilmoyle Primary School and Nursery completed the walk and run.
Staff were keen to raise money in memory of the popular and fun loving boy.
Mrs Wysner explained: “Everyone was so moved by what happened to Darren and we felt helpless to be able to support the family. We were keen to do something positive to raise money in memory of Darren and to help other families facing the same situation”.
As a result the staff organised a Spring Community Concert which was held on Wednesday 18th March at Ballyrashane Presbyterian Church Hall and staff signed up to take part in Belfast Marathon.
Participants were sponsored for completing the various sections of the Marathon. The money raised (so far some £3000) from sponsorships and from the Spring Community Concert, will be presented to a representative from the The Royal Victoria Hospital for Sick Children’s Haemotology Unit at the school’s Prize Day on Friday 21st June.