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Alan Gill encourages people to exercise by donating €5 to Pieta House 

Alan Gill pictured above is one of the many people out there trying to encourage people to run to raise money for Pieta House.

Alan Gill encourages people to exercise by donating 5 to Pieta House 

By I Love Limerick correspondent Mary Caroline McCarthy

Limerick’s own Alan Gill is one of the many people out there trying to encourage people to run 5K. The first 100 people who do the 5K, Alan will donate €5 to Pieta House on your behalf. Just simply tag Alan on his Instagram @alangillpt so he knows you did the 5K on his behalf. 




Alan Gill is currently studying to be a personal trainer and understands the importance of keeping active to make sure you keep your body and mind healthy during the ever-lasting lockdown.


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This venture started as he posted videos of his own workouts to his Instagram to motivate people to work out and keep active. He of course understands the lack of motivation that comes with the Winter months and with the second lockdown but is determined to help people become motivated.

He is encouraging people to do a 5k, whether that be by running it, jogging it, or walking and for the first 100 who do the 5k, Alan will donate €5 to Pieta house on your behalf.

Pieta House provides free counselling to those with suicidal ideation, those engaging in self-harm, and those bereaved by suicide. Staff are fully qualified and provide a professional one-to-one therapeutic service.

Pieta House has been around since 2006 and has since seen and helped over 58,000 people in distress or contemplating harming themselves.

Throughout the pandemic, charities have suffered due to a lack of funds. Normal fundraisers have been cancelled due to Government guidelines, so any funds raised for the charities helps a lot in their time of need. Pieta House needs funds now more than ever, especially with Christmas being such a busy time of year for them.

Along with donating €5 for the first 100 people who run 5k, Alan has set up a GoFundMe page where he has set his target as €500 so that people who don’t want to do the run, jog, or walk can still donate to the worthy cause of Pieta House.

Alan appreciates any donations and says, “I know it’s difficult to get motivated to exercise in these times so that’s why I’m asking everyone to do a 5k, it can be a run, jog, or a walk it doesn’t matter and for the first 100 who do the 5k I’ll donate €5 to pieta house on your behalf so hopefully that should motivate you. The winter months can be very hard on a lot of people coming up to Christmas so let’s try to raise as much money and awareness as possible, all donations are welcome no matter how big or small. Thanks, guys.”


To donate to Alan’s GoFundMe, go HERE

For more fundraiser stories, go HERE

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