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Sheikh Fahad Al Thani

                                                 pril 29th saw the 28th running  amongst various projects that fulfill the
                                                 of the Annual Charity Race at  scope of their objectives: to improve
                                                 the Punchestown National Hunt  the quality of life of patients on
                                            ARacing Festival in aid of the     dialysis, support medical research
                                            Punchestown Kidney Research Fund.  projects that help people with the
                                            The race involved 25 amateur riders,  disease and increase organ donor
                                            battling it out over 1 mile 7 furlongs  awareness.
                                            and, this year, it was won by Mr Boss  James Nolan initiated both the
                                            Man with Ian Haughan on board.     charity and the race having received a
                                              Most of the riders will have made  second chance at life when his sister
                                            huge efforts to be fit enough to ride in  Catherine donated one of her kidneys
                                            the race, riding out every morning,  to him. Without this he was facing a
                                            learning to ride, work, losing weight  life on dialysis. He has ridden in the
                                            and generally improving fitness.   race himself 13 times and won it on
                                            Additionally they raise a minimum of  Nero’s Dancer in 2002, an experience
                                            €1,250 for the privilege, which went  he describes as one of the highlights of
                                            to the Punchestown Kidney Research  his life.
                                            Fund (PKRF).                          A milestone project in the history of
                                              Over the past 27 years the PKRF,  the charity was the funding of a new
                                            which is a registered Irish charity, has  Renal Ward for Temple Street
                                            accumulated just under €1.4 million in  Children’s Hospital, Dublin.
         Mickey Harte, Sonia Treacy         funds. This money has been divided    This year will see the charity
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