6 May 2022
The An Saol Foundation are promoting several events for the next couple weeks, starting with the 2nd annual Iron Month challenge, followed by their International Summer School and Forum on Life and Living with a severe Acquired Brain Injury.
An Saol are another Carmichael resident member with a bumper few weeks ahead. Iron Month, now in its second year, is an inclusive fitness-orientated event which sees participants in the month-long challenge completing a full Iron Man style triathlon (3.8km swim, 180km cycle, 42km run) at your own pace over the month of May.
This year, in addition to inviting participants of all abilities to complete a full Ironman triathlon over the month of May, An Saol have officially teamed up with Triathlon Ireland to kick-start the challenge with a TRYathlon event on May 1st at the prestigious Sports Ireland Campus in Dublin.
Reinhard Schäler, CEO of the An Saol Foundation, explains this unique aspect of the challenge and sheds more light on the cause underpinning the event: “The IronMonth serves to remind us that everyone has different abilities and capabilities in life. Some people may be able to complete the whole challenge in one day, others may take days or weeks. All efforts are equally valid and inspiring, with all of us working towards a common and profound goal together”.
Participants are invited to sign up now on Eventbrite now for the challenge and to document their progress over the month of May on social media using #IronMonth22. Supporters can get involved by tracking our athletes progress and donating much needed funds for the An Saol Foundation on GoFundMe.
1st International Summer School and Forum on Life and Living with a severe Acquired Brain Injury (sABI)
An Saol have organised the first International Summer School and Forum on Life and Living with a severe Acquired Brain Injury, taking place next week, May 9 – 14, with online and in-person events taking place every day.
The aims of the 2022 International Summer School & Forum to raise awareness among several key demographics, including medical professionals, but also those directly and indirectly affected by Sabi, but crucially wider society itself too.
An Saol explain that ‘The 1st International Summer School and Forum on Life and Living with a severe Acquired Brain Injury (sABI) – Leave No One Behind, will address the question why this big gap in service provision exists and how it can be closed, hearing from national and international world-leading experts, families and practitioners’.
About Severe Acquired Brain Injury (sABI)
A brain injury that involves a long period of unconsciousness (coma) and a prolonged disorder of conscience (PDOC). Persons with an sABI are very highly dependent, are often non- or minimally-verbal, and require, in most cases, life-long support with basic activities of daily living (ADL) as well as life-long rehabilitation.
About the An Saol Foundation
The An Saol Foundation was established in 2014 by the family of Pádraig Schaler to provide adequate and ongoing support to people with a severe Acquired Brain Injury (sABI). It now also offers neurological rehabilitation in the community. It is a registered charity and a Company Limited by Guarantee.