Patricia McGovern grew up in the village of Tourlestrane in County Sligo, Ireland, now living in Yonkers, New York she’s signed up to run the Yonkers Half Marathon, the second oldest marathon in the United States.
Patricia says she “absolutely loves running, it’s good for the mind, good for the body.”
Most of her family still lives in Toulestrane, and she feels the support of her family during this journey. She used to run all the time but had knee surgery a few years ago and has limited her running. A driving force in her getting back to running is her brother Tom. He was a big athlete and died last year, so Patricia has gotten herself back into running shape and will be taking on the run October 21st. While registered for the Half Marathon, she may step up her game to the full Marathon.
She has been inspired to run to help her community and support the fundraising for the Aisling Irish Community Center in Yonkers, New York. You can support her as well @ https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/TeamAisling
Aisling Irish Community Center provides resources and a community respite to the Bronx, Yonkers, Queens and the entire tristate area. Over the years, the role of the Center has evolved into a fully-fledged social services organization catering not only to the Irish and Irish-American population, but also to the community at large. Aisling Center is one of the largest Irish immigrant resource centers in the tristate area and the main provider of services for communities of Yonkers and Woodlawn.
Monies raised will help fund the Aisling Irish Community Center’s Mental Health Programs including; free and confidential counseling services with a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Life Coach with extensive mental health experience in supporting individuals, children, families and groups.
The center provides an Irish arts and culture program including classes in Irish language, music and dance; assistance with employment & accommodation; services for Senior Citizens; various classes for adults and children and weekly AA meetings. Our educational, cultural and welfare programs/services benefit over 900 people each week. The Irish Volunteers for the Homeless program is a weekly feeding program, delivering food to the homeless at numerous locations throughout New York City. Volunteers are welcome to join the group at any time. For more information; 914-237-5121, www.aislingcenter.org
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