News Blog

Eagle Athletic Club presents a cheque for over €5500 to Fota Wildlife Park

Eagle Athletic Club presents a cheque for over €5500 to Fota Wildlife Park

Following on from the successful Cheetah Run in May, Eagle Athletic Club  has handed over a cheque for €5,500 to the non-for-profit  Fota Wildlife Park , raised from the proceeds of the race.

Fota Wildlife Park is a charitable status organisation which is is completely self-financing, relying entirely on gate receipts and membership fees for its income. Every year the funds raised of the Cheetah Run are used to support it’s core objectives of research and conservation. The €5743 raised from the 2019 race will go directly to the Natterjack Toad Project. This native toad is an endangered species of amphibian unique to West Kerry. The Natterjack toad is protected under the EU's Habitats Directive and the National Parks and Wildlife  Services has introduced a Head Starter programme in conjuction with Fota Wildlife Park  -under the programme, toad spawn laid in pools that were drying out are transferred to Fota where they are reared in tanks before being released back into the wild. 3000 toadlets have been released under the head starter programme so far.

*** Date for the running diary – 14th May 2020 wil be the date of the Cheetah Run 2020 - organised by Eagle Athlietic, venue Fota Widlife Park.***

Thanks  to the 2019 race sponsors Laya Healthcare, John Buckley Sports and Brooks Running.