Hope, 7, runs 50km challenge for Cardiff Dog’s Home


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Hope O’Reilly, 7, ran a 50 km run in September to raise funds to renovate the Cardiff Dog’s Home.

Hope, a devoted dog lover, said, “I do it because I have a dog and I wanted to do it for the other dogs because I know how nice they are to people, so I want to raise money for them.”

Lisa Freeman, Hope’s mother, said, “I am very proud of Hope. She is so determined to rise to this challenge and raise as much money as possible for the Cardiff Dogs Home.

“Hope has a big heart and seeing her put on her sneakers after a long day at school just to cover more miles makes me smile with so much pride.”

Hope, who has just started in the junior class of her school, fits in the kilometers after school and on the weekends.

Earlier this month Hope and her family were invited to Cardiff Dog’s Home, where she was able to meet some of the four-legged friends she is fundraising for.

Maria Bailie, Dog’s home manager, said, “Wow! What an incredible endeavor for a 7 year old.

“We are so proud of Hope and thankful that she accepted this personal challenge to help Cardiff’s dogs.

“Thank you Hope and good luck in achieving your goal, you are amazing.”

Hope is currently exceeding her fundraising goal and has less than 10 miles to go by the end of the month.

On the final day, Thursday September 30th, all Hope’s friends will gather in the Grange Gardens on Hope’s Last Mile.

To donate to Hope’s incredible challenge, please visit her JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/hope-o-reilly

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