Dublin man running the North Pole Marathon to help provide a low-income family with a safe and decent home Gary Seery is taking part in the North Pole UVU Marathon on April 9th in aid of Habitat for Humanity Ireland. Gary aims to raise €42,195 – €1000 per km or one euro per metre – to help Habitat for Humanity Ireland bring a derelict Dublin City Council property back to life and help give a low-income Dublin family the chance to own a decent home.
Gary is the Director of IT at Hibernia Networks in Dublin. He has been a passionate runner since his early 30’s, finding that running has a positive impact on his mental health. The father-of-three has completed 40+ marathons to date, but this time, he’s doing things a little differently.
“I am competing in temperatures of -30 degrees Celsius, with snow up to my knees. I am really nervous about the freezing temperatures but the thought that this marathon will change not only my life, but also the life of a local family, will get me through”, said Gary Seery.
“I call this the North Pole ‘Home Run’. This isn’t about throwing a few quid into a pot. It is about giving a local family a hand-up to change their own lives. My home means everything to me and my family. I want to give that sense of security and wellbeing to a family”, said Gary.
“I look forward to meeting the Habitat for Humanity Ireland partner family and welcoming them into their new home. Just as I am working hard in training, they are working hard contributing ‘sweat equity’ to the renovation. As I finish the marathon, they will be preparing to start their new lives. That is really powerful”, said Gary Seery.
“I want to thank everyone who has supported my journey. Your support is helping change lives and provide a family with hope for the future”, concluded Gary Seery.
To help reach his target, Gary is hosting a night of music and fun in the Abbey Tavern in Howth on Friday 6th March at 8pm. To purchase tickets, visit www.habitatireland.ie/gary-seery
For more information/to sponsor Gary, visit www.habitatireland.ie/gary-seery