Galway Blue Challenge is organised annually as a fun and social event and is open to participants of all levels of fitness. It is also envisaged to raise much needed funds for different charities each year. This year, 2017 GBC is hoping to raise money for iCan, Irish Children's Arthritis Network & Pieta House, two very worthwile charities. In the past 6 years Galway Blue Challenge has raised over €200,000 for various charities.

This year is our seventh outing following on from last year’s very succesful event in 2016 rasing €34,654 for Irish Guide Dogs. In 2015, we raised €15,000 for Hand in Hand. In 2014 we raised €15,000 for Enable Ireland & Galway Autism Partnership. In 2013, we raised €32,000 for two local charities namely Ability West, Galway and Voices for Down Syndrome Galway. On the occasion of our second outing we raised over €20,000 for two local charities namely Galway Hospice and ACT for Meningitis , an awareness group for Meningitis based in Galway, The inaugural challenge raised in excess of €23,000 for Our Ladies Children's Hospital, Crumlin. The organising committee are delighted to welcome you and thank you for showing an interest in participation in this memorable outing.

Pieta House (2017)

Pieta House offers a specialist counselling programme for people who have attempted to take their own lives, for people with suicidal ideation and also for people who have engaged in self-harm  They address the growing problems of hopelessness and despair in our community, which for some may lead to attempting suicide.  This service is free of charge to clients.

Visit Pieta House.

iCan (2017)

iCan is a volunteer charity that provides a national support network  for families who have a child living with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) through the provision of factual, practical and emotional support.  JIA is a chronic autoimmune disease which attacks the joints and vital organs.  It aims to pull together the wider community of affected children in Ireland as well as raise public awareness of childhood arthritis.

Visit iCan.

Irish Guide Dogs (2016)

Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind offers a comprehensive suite of services which enable both blind and vision impaired persons and families of children with Autism to achieve increased independence and an improved quality of life.

Since 1976 Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind has provided a guide dog programme for people who have a vision impairment or total sight loss. A guide dog is specially trained to accompany and enable a vision impaired person to move about safely, independently and with confidence. The working relationship between a guide dog and its owner is unique and it offers both social and emotional benefits.

Visit Irish Gude Dogs for the Blind.

Hand in Hand Childrens Cancer Care (2015)

Children’s cancer charity, Hand in Hand, offers support to families throughout their child’s cancer treatment. We engage professional service suppliers to provide support with Domestic Cleaning, Childcare, Laundry and Family meals. We also offer emotional support through home visits, telephone support and our Children’s Cancer Support Centre, based in Galway. Visit Hand in Hand.

Enable Ireland (2014)

Enable Ireland provides free services to children and adults with disabilities and their families from 40 locations in 14 counties. Covering childhood to adulthood our expert teams work with the individual and their family on a plan for each life stage. Visit Enable Ireland.

Galway Autism Partnership (2014)

One of the objectives of GAP is to provide information for families and individuals living with ASD. This ranges from general ASD information and interventions to building an extensive local knowledge which is beneficial to our members. This includes road mapping the “post-diagnostic” route, services available for those living with ASD and activities such as sports, recreation, etc. which may add quality to our members lives and their families. Visit Galway Autism Partnership.

Ability West, Galway (2013)

Ability West – Éirim An Iarthair, formerly known as The Galway County Association for Mentally Handicapped Children, was set up by parents and friends in 1962. Over the past 50 years Ability West has grown from strength to strength and we now provide high quality services and supports to over 500 children and adults with intellectual disability. Ability West is a voluntary organisation dedicated to enabling people with intellectual disability to realise their dreams and ambitions and to take their rightful place in society. Visit Ability West, Galway.

Voices for Down Syndrome Galway (2013)

Voices for Down Syndrome Galway is the Speech and Language Therapy side of the Galway Branch of Down Syndrome Irl and was established in 2005 by a group of parents of children with Down Syndrome. The mission of our organisation remains true to its initial objective - the provision of Speech and Language Therapy for children and adults in Galway city and county with Down Syndrome. Visit Voices for Down Syndrome Galway

Galway Hospice (2012)

Galway Hospice Foundation is a voluntary organisation. It was established in 1986. Initially the Foundation researched the need for this service among Health Care professionals and, having received a hugely positive response, set about raising the funds for the provision of a Home Care Service initially, with the aim of following with Inpatient, Day Care and support services as resources allowed. Visit Galway Hospice

ACT for Meningitis (2012)

ACT for Meningitis is a charity which aims to raise awareness and educate society about the signs and symptoms of meningitis. We also provide support to individuals and families affected by meningitis. We are available to do awareness talks in your schools, creches, hospitals and colleges. We distribute hundreds of awareness cards around the country every week. Visit ACT for Meningitis.

Our Ladies Children’s Hospital, Crumlin (2011)

Our Lady's Children’s Hospital, Crumlin is an acute paediatric teaching hospital employing approximately 1600 staff. It is Ireland's largest paediatric hospital and is responsible nationally for the provision of the majority of quarternary, tertiary and secondary healthcare services for children. It is the national centre in Ireland for a range of specialities including children’s childhood cancers and blood disorders, cardiac diseases, major burns, cystic fibrosis, clinical genetics and rheumatology. Visit Our Ladies Children's Hospital, Crumlin.