European medalist Ava Henry runs half a marathon for charity

European Schoolboy/girl silver medal winner Ava Henry literally followed in the footsteps of fellow local boxer Robert Burke on Independence Day.

Like pro boxer and former Crumlin amateur Burke, Henry took to green in Kilmore to run and raise money for charity.

Earlier in lockdown Burke clocked 72 Laps, 42.2km in 4hrs 4mins to raise funds for frontline workers – and yesterday the talented teen did her bit for charity.

The Glin BC fighter and Irish underage international did the half marathon and more significantly raised funds for Jigsaw a charity that deals with children’s mental health.

Speaking on social media post the run, Henry, who received well wishes from the great and good of boxing as well as other sporting fields prior to the event, said: “I just want to say I big thank you to everyone who came out to my run today really appreciate it, means a lot, everyone supporting me. I wouldn’t of been able to push through without yous all. Thanks for all the lovely messages I’ve gotten over the past few days, also want to say thanks to everyone who donated money, it was for a really good cause and I’m very grateful. I want to say a big thanks to my Ma and Da, no matter what they’ll always have my back and get me to where i want to get to love you’s all so much.”

You can donate on the following GoFund me page : https://www.gofundme.com/f/running-for-childrens-mental-health?utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet&utm_medium=copy_link-tip&fbclid=IwAR0IQ2Gm1xIpF-k24MJf7x9kwUYnMeTvd-quTjzgeF8GoF9AD_UeFKnMc9Q

Henry wasn’t the only person from the boxing community to do their bit for charity this year. Her neighbour Burke also did his bit as did the likes of Ray Moylette, Eric Donovan among others.

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: [email protected]