Information on The Punchestown Charity Race

2018 will see the 29th running of the Annual Charity Race at the Punchestown National Hunt Racing Festival in aid of the Punchestown Kidney Research Fund. The race involves 25 amateur riders, battling it out over 1 mile 7 furlongs. Most of the riders will have made huge efforts to be fit enough to ride in the race, riding out every morning, learning to ride work, losing weight and generally improving fitness. Additionally, they raise a minimum of €1,500 for the privilege, which goes to the Punchestown Kidney Research Fund.

Over the past 28 years the PKRF, which is a registered Irish Charity, has accumulated over €1.4 million in funds. This money has been divided amongst various projects that fulfill the scope of our objectives: to improve the quality of life of patients on dialysis, support medical research projects that help people with the disease and increase organ donor awareness.

 James Nolan initiated both the Charity and the Race having received a second chance at life when his sister Catherine donated one of her kidneys to him on the 25th July 1987. Without this, he was facing a life on dialysis. He has ridden in the race himself 13 times and won it on Nero’s Dancer in 2002, an experience he describes as one of the highlights of his life.

A milestone project in the history of the PKRF Charity was the opening of the new Renal Ward at Temple Street Children’s Hospital on 5th December 2017 by Kidney Donor, Catherine Doyle.  There was also the purchase of a Holiday Home in Tralee, Co. Kerry (in partnership with the Irish Kidney Association), specifically for dialysis patients.

This year will see the Charity continue to support the Art Therapy Programme in both Waterford and Tallaght Hospitals.  Hours on dialysis can be tedious but with this scheme patients can pass the time learning and developing artistic skills.

We are proud to have sponsored patients to participate at the World & European Transplant Games since 2003 and this year we will sponsor 2 patients to go to the European Dialysis & Transplant Games in Italy in June.

Recently, the Charity invested money in the Beaumont Hospital Home Haemo Dialysis Training programme that has proved to be a major success as it enables the patient to do their own dialysis in the comfort and privacy of their own home.

Although monetary donations can help people suffering from kidney disease, a simple measure of carrying an organ donor card or informing one’s next of kin of one’s wish to donate organs can save someone’s life.  The Charity uses the Race as a major Organ Donor Awareness Event in Ireland every year and we try to make people aware of the need to have the discussion with your family about carrying an Organ Donor Card.

We are a Registered Company (Tax Reference 64270888) and a Registered Charity (CHY 16613) since 2005.
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