LOCAL businessman has called upon one hundred businesses to show their support for him as he takes things to a whole new level by attempting one of the greatest physical tests known to man – The Ironman Challenge.
Conor Devine, Principal at GDP Partnership, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2007 and struggled badly for a few years with the condition but since 2010 he has worked hard to try and manage his illness and is now regularly taking part in marathons, triathlons and other adventures to help control his monstrous illness in addition to raising awareness about Multiple Sclerosis across the world.
MS is a particularly nasty neurological condition that plays havoc with your central nervous system typically attacking people between the ages of 20 and 40 years old. It can cause problems with vision, balance, muscle control, and other basic body functions and in many cases is a progressive condition that can be extremely debilitating.
Deciding to raise the bar, Conor came up with six challenges in twenty weeks to include two marathons, triathlons, half Ironman and the main event Ironman Majorca, to raise awareness and raise some much needed funding for the MS Society. Conor is hopeful his fellow business community will get behind him and show their support by donating £50.00 per company.
Conor stated, “between 2006 and 2010 I was very ill, both mentally and physically. However in that timeframe I became a student of the condition and decided that I needed to take some action very quickly as I could feel my symptoms getting a lot more severe and out of control. That’s when I implemented my own wellbeing plan to try and fight back against the MS. Five years later and still working very hard everyday to maintain my health with my plan of medication, real food and exercise, I’m about to take on the ultimate challenge.”
“Over the last twenty weeks I have been training hard so my body will be ready for the event in Majorca in September. I am passionate about sharing a positive story across the world about MS and I know I can do this with this high profile campaign. I’m also a very passionate businessperson, and I’m now taking this opportunity to reach out to the business community to come out and support the MS Society and me. Almost everyone I have ever met knows at least one person with MS and in Northern Ireland we have the highest rate per head in the world – quite an amazing and unwanted statistic.
The plan is to get 100 local businesses to support me to the tune of £50.00 and over the past few weeks already quite a number have come on board which is great. Every donation goes directly to the MS Society in Northern Ireland who do a great job in helping the MS community here.”
It is thought that around 2.5 million people worldwide have Multiple Sclerosis, with 100,000 people in the UK and 12,000 in Ireland. As the UK’s leading charity, the MS Society is dedicated to beating multiple sclerosis by investing in world class MS research.
Conor will be participating in the Ironman that takes place on Saturday 26th September 2015, in Majorca Spain. The challenge itselfconsists of one series of long-distance triathlon races organised by the World Triathlon Corporation and consists of 2.4mile swim, 112 mile bicycle ride and a marathon 26.2mile run, raced all in this order and without a break – ‘easy!’
In the last few years, Conor has contributed to numerous conferences and neurology discussions across the world, sharing a positive perspective on MS, including Europe’s leading forum, Multiple Sclerosis 2015: Raising Expectations, in Brussels, Belgium. Through his thought-provoking discussions; his book, ‘Attitude is Everything’, penned in 2013 and informative dialogues on ConorDevine.com, Conor has built up an exceptionally strong blog community and continues to inspire readers each and every day.
“This Ironman challenge has been a terrific experience to date. I’m simply grateful that I am living very well with MS at the moment and hopefully I can achieve my goal in September and go on to share an extremely positive account of what its like to live with MS and face adversity. I am hopeful that my business colleagues will support me with this”.
If you wish to pledge your support for Conor’s Ironman Challenge, please visit www.justgiving.com/conor-devine2 to make a greatly appreciated donation – no matter how big or small, every little helps.