'It will be a beautiful way to remember my beautiful son'

Moville’s Geraldine Mullan has announced a charity walk to celebrate the life of her son Tomás on what would have been his 18th birthday.

On 20th August 2020, dad John (49) and children Tomás (14) and Amelia (6) Mullan lost their lives in a tragic road accident at Quigley’s Point between Derry and Moville. Geraldine was the sole survivor.

Geraldine founded the Mullan Hope Centre in loving memory of her family.

This April, the community centre will be the launch pad for 5k walk/run to raise funds for Children in Crossfire, supporting some of the most vulnerable children on the planet that suffer from the injustice of poverty.

Tomás attended Moville Community College and had spoken at home about his admiration for Children in Crossfire, who have been supported by the school for many years.

Tomás Mullan, RIP

Geraldine said: “I am pleased to be working with Children in Crossfire to organise what I hope will be a terrific occasion in memory of Tomás, whose birthday is on 10th April. As a family, we often used to go for walks together, and almost every time Tomás would end up carrying his little sister Amelia by the end. He was wonderful son, and I am very proud to be honouring his memory by supporting a cause that mattered to him.

“Our 5k walk/run will take place on Sunday 14th April, leaving from & finishing at The Mullan Hope Centre. Participants will be asked to pay €10 for adults, €5 for children or €20 for families, all of which will be donated directly to Children in Crossfire.

“I am asking the local community to get behind this event, not just in memory of Tomás but also to raise vital funds to support education and healthcare for very vulnerable children in Ethiopia and Tanzania, where Children in Crossfire work. It will be a beautiful way to remember my beautiful son on what should have been his 18th birthday and knowing that the monies raised will directly benefit such a worthy cause, I know he would be so proud of everyone for getting involved. Knowing his classmates, friends, family and the wider community will be walking or running the 5k whilst sharing fond memories of him will be a beautiful testament to him.

“I’m honoured to have Inishowen Athletics involved, a special thank you to Finbarr and his team for their enthusiasm and commitment from the moment I approached them. We’ve eight weeks, so plenty of time to get those running shoes, get out, get active, get involved in your nearest Couch to 5k group and most of all, enjoy yourself!! Looking forward to seeing everyone on 14th April.”

Finbarr Gallagher, Geraldine Mullan & Richard Moore

Children in Crossfire Chief Executive Richard Moore added: “We are humbled that Geraldine has chosen to support us in memory of her beloved son, Tomás. The tragedy that happened to her family touched everyone who heard about it. Geraldine’s tremendous courage and spirit ever since has inspired us all too. She is a remarkable woman and Children in Crossfire are honoured to be working with her to deliver what I have no doubt will be a very successful event.”

Inishowen Athletics Club Chairperson, Finbarr Gallagher said: “Inishowen Athletics Club is very pleased to have been asked by Geraldine to become involved in the organising of this Memorial 5k to celebrate what would have been a milestone in her son, Tomás’ life. As a club, we work with a diverse group of young people in helping them tap into their potential and achieve goals. This Fun Walk/Run is an opportunity for all in the community, regardless of fitness levels, to come out and participate and enjoy the fresh air and open road while supporting the very worthy cause. Start training now.”

Inishowen Athletics Club has been providing athletics (track & field, sportshall, road running, cross country and Fit4Life) to all age groups throughout Inishowen since 2001 with our main training centres in Carndonagh and Buncrana.

There will be weekly updates on all the social media platforms, especially Facebook and Instagram, to keep everyone motivated, involved and up to date.

For any further information, you can contact The Mullan Hope Centre (00 353 86 1631924), on their Facebook and Instagram pages and through their email mullanhopecentre@gmail.com