FF Fitness has launched a charity drive in memory of Derry infant Daithi O’Doherty who lost his battle with mitochondrial disease last month.
A Day for Daithi is planned for Sunday May 15, when FF Fitness members and their friends will take on the might of Mount Errigal in a charity climb to raise awareness and funds to fight mitochondrial disease.
All money raised by the event will go to the Katie Rose Foundation, an organisation which was established to aid the search for a cure and provide support for those families who will, unfortunately, not find one soon enough.
Daithi who was just 16 months old when he died on March 5. His heartbroken parents Karen and David are trying to help ensure that in future others do not face the same pain.
Seamus Fox from FF Fitness is a friend of Daithi’s family and felt it would be fitting to encourage members and their friends and families to show their support for them in some way.
“I know Karen for many years and she and her family were heartbroken at the loss of their beautiful baby boy. When I asked her if there was any way we could help at FF Fitness she suggested that maybe we could raise much-needed funds and awareness of this terrible disease through a ‘Day for Daithi’ in aid of the Katie Rose Foundation.
“I would encourage FF Fitness members and non-members alike to support this worthy cause. Sponsorship forms are available from FF Fitness in Springtown, Derry for anyone who wants to take on the ‘Day for Daithi’ Mount Errigal challenge. Even those who don’t wish to take part can simply donate at our just giving page http://bit.ly/1SmS6Pl.
“Unfortunately a cure could not be found for Daithi’s condition but the strength and determination of his parents and the Katie Rose Foundation can ensure that other families do not endure the pain of Karen and David. Let’s do all we can to help the fight against mitochondrial disease by giving generously.
“We’re hoping to attract as many people as possible to take part and donate. A bus or hopefully several buses will leave FF Fitness Derry on Sunday, May 15 at 9am for the charity climb of Donegal’s highest peak and all are invited to get in touch with us to get involved.” he added.
To get involved email us via the ‘contact us’ page on this website or contact FF Fitness Derry via Facebook. To donate log on to http://bit.ly/1SmS6Pl