Information on The Punchestown Charity Race

2017 will see the 28th running of the Annual Charity Race at the Punchestown National Hunt Racing Festival in aid of the Punchestown Kidney Research Fund. The race involves 25 amateur riders, battling it out over 1 mile 7 furlongs. Most of the riders will have made huge efforts to be fit enough to ride in the race, riding out every morning, learning to ride work, losing weight and generally improving fitness. Additionally they raise a minimum of €1,250 for the privilege, which goes to the Punchestown Kidney Research Fund.
Over the past 27 years the PKRF, which is a registered Irish Charity, has accumulated just under €1.4 million in funds. This money has been divided amongst various projects that fulfill the scope of our objectives: to improve the quality of life of patients on dialysis, support medical research projects that help people with the disease and increase organ donor awareness.

James Nolan initiated both the Charity and the Race having received a second chance at life when his sister Catherine donated one of her kidneys to him. Without this he was facing a life on dialysis. He has ridden in the race himself 13 times and won it on Nero’s Dancer in 2002, an experience he describes as one of the highlights of his life.
A milestone project in the history of the charity was the funding of a new Renal Ward for Temple Street Children’s Hospital, Dublin.
This year will see the charity continue to support the Art Therapy Programme in both Waterford and Tallaght Hospitals. Hours on dialysis can be tedious but with this scheme patients can pass the time learning and developing artistic skills.

We are proud to have sponsored patients to participate at the World & European Transplant Games since 2003 and this year we will sponsor a patient to go to the World Transplant Games in Spain.
The PKRF Charity invested money in the Beaumont Hospital Home Haemo Dialysis Training programme that has proved to be a major success as it enables the patient to do their own dialysis in the comfort and privacy of their own home. It also helped purchase a Holiday Home in Tralee, Co. Kerry for Dialysis patients.

In 2016 we continued to support similar projects as well as sponsoring 2 major national projects -2 kidney research projects under the guidance of The Irish Nephrology Society as well as committing €150,000 to the building of a new kidney ward at temple Street Children’s Hospital which is our capital project.

Although monetary donations can help people suffering from kidney disease, a simple measure of carrying an organ donor card or informing one’s next of kin of one’s wish to donate organs can save someone’s life. The Charity uses the Race as a major Organ Donor Awareness Event in Ireland every year and we try to make people aware of the need to have the discussion with your family about carrying an Organ Donor Card.

We are a Registered Company (Tax Reference 64270888) and a Registered Charity (CHY 16613) since 2005.
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