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Hundreds turn out for Dog Jog in Holyrood Park

by Press Release
Monday 31st July 2017
Hundreds of budding Dog Joggers descended on Holyrood Park on a sunny Sunday 30th July morning for a bark in the park at Dog Jog - a 5k event aimed at owners and their dogs to get fit and have fun together.
Back with a bark following its successful launch last year, Dog Jog offers the opportunity for participants to raise money for a charity or cause they really care about, whether it be a dog-related charity or otherwise. Fundraisers turned out for a huge range of charities including Dogs Trust, Scottish SPCA and Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home as well as many others.
Carolanne Cicero and Molly from Livingston, West Lothian took part in Dog Jog Edinburgh to help raise money for Carolanne's son's friend Oliver, aged 6, who was born with Merosin Deficient Muscular Dystrophy.
As far as his family are are aware, Oliver is the only boy in Scotland to have this life limiting disease which sadly affects his muscles. As Oliver continues to grow, adaptations are required to his family's home to support him including his own wheelchair accessible bedroom and bathroom downstairs. Such extensive building alterations come at a cost and his amazing friends and family are rallying together to help.
Carolanne explained: "Oliver is a happy, fun-loving young man. These alterations should be fully funded by the council but they have sadly been let down so it is up to us to pull together and help raise some money to help!"
Carolanne ran Edinburgh's 5k Dog Jog with Molly by her side and joked "I had to carry Molly some of the way but I thought "we're not giving up" everyone's trying their hardest to made this happen for Oliver".
They have met their initial fundraising target of £250 but hope to continue drawing in support after completing their Dog Jog together.
Read more about Oliver's story and support Carolanne's fundraising efforts at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/carolanne-cicero.
Joining Carolanne and Molly was Iain Walker and Cara, his 9 year old rescue Whippet/Lurcher. Iain, alongside his canine companion completed Dog Jog Edinburgh to raise money for local hospice St Columba's as it marks its 40th anniversary milestone this year.
Now retired, Iain worked in the health service in the 1970's and is aware of the much needed care and compassion provided by St Columba's and the remarkably supportive and caring support the staff there provide. Having known people who have had relatives and friends benefit from the care and compassion St Columba's provides, Iain hopes to raise awareness about the hospice and the essential support they provide in the area to allow them to continue to make an even greater impact.
Iain explained: "I'm inspired by the work of St Columba's and wanted to support them and make a difference. I'm retired now and I thought it was the least I could do to share it in their milestone. It is absolutely clear the huge positive difference the hospice provides from speaking to people and families involved".
Catching up after their Dog Jog Iain said "There's been a great turnout today we also took part last year. It's a very well organised event and the dogs love it. He joked "Cara could do it all over again, she was almost back on the course but I don't think I could do it again in a hurry!" To help Iain and Cara make a difference and support their fundraising  for St Columba's Hospice visit: https://give.everydayhero.com/uk/dog-jog-for-st-columba-s-hospice-edinburgh
The Dog Jog Series provides a brilliant opportunity for runners to accomplish their personal goals with their dogs; whether raising money for a worthwhile cause or simply keeping fit. There are still 12 events to go in the UK series, for more information, visit the website: www.dogjog.co.uk.

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