Lorraine O'Neill wins Volunteer Ireland Award

The Volunteer Ireland Awards are the major annual initiative to celebrate volunteering in Ireland that are coordinated by Volunteer Ireland and supported by Panadol. The Volunteer Ireland Awards aims to shine a light on the remarkable work of volunteers around the country by celebrating them on a national level.

Volunteer Ireland Awards, Campaigning and Awareness Raising 2012


Lorraine O’Neill, Cystic Fibrosis, Cavan branch

Cavan, Category Winner

Lorraine is a self-employed businesswoman and the mother to four-year-old Mia O Neill, who has cystic fibrosis. Since Lorraine's daughter was born in 2008 she has worked tirelessly fundraising for Cystic Fibrosis Cavan. Lorraine’s aim is to raise €60,000 to have a facility at Cavan General Hospital for the love of her life Mia and the other 40 people in Cavan/Monaghan who also have cystic fibrosis.

Lorraine put this dream into reality in February 2012 when she began training for the Dublin City Marathon. She formed the group ‘Run DMC 4 CF’ with 50 people who joined in support of the cause.

During the year the group could be seen running through the county day and night, attracting beeps and support from all the people of Cavan. In the lead up to the Marathon the group held events such as coffee mornings, quizzes, 5k and half marathon runs to raise money for CF Cavan. Lorraine not only set up the group, she attends the weekly runs, works a full time job and volunteers her own time each week for Cavan/Monaghan Cystic Fibrosis. 

“Lorraine does not realise or accept how much she has achieved and only for her I would not have dreamed of completing a marathon or would not have made the friends I have. Lorraine has made thousands of euro for Cystic Fibrosis Cavan Branch and has brought huge awareness to the people of Cavan. I cannot wait for Monday the 29th of October when all her hard work will have paid off and I hope to see the joy in her face when she crosses the finishing line. She already has approx 12 names lined up for next year's marathon.”

Photography by Lorraine Teevan.