The month of March will herald the return of Murphy, the bright pink running BRND WGN mascot who raises money for Hospice Malta.
Murphy had become something of a local celebrity last year, when he raced at both the University Ring Road Races and the Vodafone Malta Marathon, all the while adorned head to toe in a shocking pink morph suit.
The flash of pink zooming past at these events certainly worked, as Murphy raised a total of €1,061 in 2016 through the online campaign set up by the Malta University Holding Company on Malta’s only crowdfunding platform, ZAAR.
This year, Murphy will be using ZAAR for the second year running to help him reach a new fundraising record of €1,200. The user-friendly structure on ZAAR and the ease through which people can make online donations via the site leaves Murphy free to focus on the challenge of beating his personal best at the 2017 Vodafone Malta Marathon on the 5th March.
Murphy has enlisted some friends to help him achieve this year’s target, who’ll support him through training as well as on the big day, besides modelling the hard-to-miss pink morph suit themselves at other events in the run-up to the Marathon. One of Murphy’s crew, marketing assistant at MUHC Hannah Pace, is delighted to be making a difference again through their fundraising. “Murphy Runs for Hospice Malta had been a huge success in 2016. It had started off as a bit of fun and turned into something so much bigger. I was overwhelmed by the amount of support we received from the general public, and hope that 2017 will be no different.”
On the 12th March, Murphy and company will also take part in the sixth edition of the BRND WGN & University Ring Road Races, where the MUHC team aim to raise even more funds for Hospice Malta, with half the proceeds of the races being donated to help the continuation of vital Hospice services.
This year, Murphy and his friends will be raising funds specifically for Crises Intervention Support at Home through Hospice Malta. This service provides coordinated care and support at home, temporarily relieving informal carers of their care-giving responsibilities through the use of planned home support during times of crises for either the patient or the carer. This new service is invaluable for Hospice patients and their families, and is provided free of charge thanks to the fundraising efforts such as these.