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Help us be there for survivors of sexual violence – Every step of the way

Calling runners and walkers of this year’s VHI Women’s Mini Marathon (June Bank Holiday Weekend) which takes place on Sunday the 31st of May 2020

*Please note due to the impact of Covid-19 the Mini Marathon has been postponed – We will update you once we know more. However in the meantime you can sign up to our 19 Day Move & Groove Challenge – Click Here

The Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon is an annual 10k charity road race, taking place each June bank holiday weekend in Dublin. It is the largest women’s event of its kind in the world.

Since its launch in 1983, the event has grown in popularity – well over a million women have taken part over its 37 years.

The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre is currently recruiting for this year’s VHI Women’s Mini Marathon – and we would love for YOU to join #TeamDRCC!

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. The first step is to sign up and register with https://www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie/
    Registration opens 3 March 2020.
  2. The next step is to contact our fundraising team – you can call 01 6614911 or email fundraising@rcc.ie
    You can also fundraise online – just download our Instruction Sheet on how to set up a page and head on over to http://www.iDonate.ie to get the job done!
  3. Finally the fun part: Join us in DRCC HQ in the centre of Dublin on the day of the marathon – our offices are very near the starting route! We will have music to get you in the running/walking mood, you can collect your #TeamDRCC t-shirt, change into your running gear store your bags here & meet the rest of #TeamDRCC.

Why support #TeamDRCC?

Sexual violence is unfortunately a serious public health and public justice problem in Ireland, with increasing numbers of people reporting rapes and sexual assaults, and even larger numbers seeking specialised support from crisis services.

Dublin Rape Crisis Centre is the oldest and largest such centre in Ireland: we have been supporting and advocating for survivors of sexual violence for over 40 years. How do we do this?

  • We run the National 24-hour Rape Crisis Helpline at 1800 77 8888 – people who need help can call anytime, day or night, to get information and support or even just to have someone listen.
  • We provide one-on-one counselling and therapy in our main office in Dublin City Centre and in outreach centres in the greater Dublin area.
  • Our trained volunteers accompany survivors to court and to Garda stations and are present for victims of rape and sexual assault attending the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit of the Rotunda Hospital.
  • We offer short and longer training courses for frontline staff and professionals designed to equip them to better understand and provide support and services to people traumatised by sexual violence.
  • We advocate and campaign on behalf of victims/survivors to raise awareness of how sexual violence harms society so we can make our public systems meet the needs of survivors and prevent sexual violence from happening in the first place.
  • We offer our expertise, research and knowledge to contribute to more effective public policy and law, particularly in the justice system, in public health and in education.

We need your help

We need your support to maintain our frontline counselling and therapy services.  In 2018, we had almost 14,000 contacts to DRCC from people seeking support in the short or long-term aftermath of sexual violence, and delivered counselling and therapy to 582 clients. And those figures are growing each year – we saw a 65% increase in demand for crisis services between 2016 and 2018, for example. We are also developing new online supports to assist even more people.

Just to maintain our services at their present level, we need to raise €8000 every single week. So we deeply appreciate your help to support these vital services.

Join #TeamDRCC and make a real and positive difference in the lives of survivors!