The pro-life world is quiet since the referendum. We all felt that sense of loss and mourning after the repeal of the 8th Amendment.
I know that personally I felt lost. I wasn’t sure what to do next. So many of our efforts went into the campaign it was difficult to see beyond it.
The VHI Mini Marathon is serving as a wake up call for me. It is something real and tangible that I can do to help women in crisis pregnancies.
When I was asked to join the team, my initial reaction was to say no. While I would like to say that I am fit and healthy, the idea of committing to a 10km run did not appeal to me at all.
However I am warming to the idea. I’ve never taken part in any type of run before. My training is sporadic and I will probably only barely wheeze my way to the finish line but I am excited. I can’t wait to meet all the other women running for amazing causes on the day. Especially those on the LoveBoth team.
For the first time in a long time, when I put on my raincoat and runners to practice for the big day, I feel as if I have a purpose in the pro-life movement. The money that my sponsors give me is going to the most amazing cause.
I have known women in crisis pregnancies. I have witnessed the panic and worry that they experience. Knowing that my sponsorship will be going to help them in real and practical ways is so motivating.
If you are considering joining the LoveBoth team this year, please do! It’s going to be such a great day. Together, as women, we are going to stand up for what we believe. We will show that the fight is not over, that we will continue to fight for women and their children.
By Críostíona Ní Laimhín – (09.04.2019)