The 27TH running of the Punchestown Kidney Research Fund Charity Race took place on Saturday 30th April 2016 at the Punchestown National Hunt Racing Festival. The total monies raised from the day were a phenomenal €82, 709.83, and that puts the cumulative total raised by the PKRF at a fantastic €1, 385,210. We have invested these funds in projects that improve the quality of life for patients on dialysis, establish ways to maximise the life span of the transplanted kidney and identify the causes that lead to renal failure. We also promote Organ Donor awareness whenever the opportunity arises.

The 2016 Charity Race was one of the most exciting finishes since 1991 when Frank Berry just pipped RTE TV commentator Robert Hall by a short head. This year’s race saw Michael O’ Connor time his run to perfection with Pires to just get the better of Redmond Barry and Mr. Steadfast with Kerri Lyons a close third on Chapter Seven.

The Punchestown Kidney Research Fund committed to support these projects during 2015 & 2016:

    • €150,000 committed to support a new renal unit at Temple Street Children’s Hospital in Dublin.

    • €100,000 committed to support 2 kidney related research projects under the guidance of the Irish Nephrology Society. This was to be divided into 2 projects: €75,000 to Dr Michael Marsden in Cork and €25,000 to Peter Conlon in Dublin.

      Sadly Michael Marsden’s project did not commence. The project was re tendered with John Holihan and the Irish Nephrology Society.

    • €20,000 committed to continue our Art Therapy programmes for Dialysis Patients in Tallaght & Waterford Dialysis Units.

    • €5,000 committed to our Sports Programme for Dialysis & Transplant Patients

      Alan Gleeson and Marie O’ Connor represented Ireland at the European Sports Championships in Finland, 2016.

    • €10,000 committed to our Patient to Patient support programme.


So, another very successful year for the PKRF with a huge amount of money raised from the Charity Race. With huge numbers already applying for the 2017 CARRY AN ORGAN DONOR CARD – PUNCHESTOWN CHARITY RACE, the Charity goes from strength to strength – thanks to the continues support from Punchestown racecourse, HRI, The Turf Club, Owners, Trainers, Sponsors 7 Supporters.

If you would like a free Organ Donor Card please text the word DONOR to 50050.

If you require any further information on any of the above projects or any issue to do with the Charity Race please feel free to call me on 086/2349919.


I would like to thank anyone who has helped the PKRF in any small way as this has enabled us to support the projects that we have funded over the past 27 years and make such a difference to the lives of those living with kidney problems.





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