Financial Broker & Mark Pollock Trust Collaborate on 2019 Run in The Dark

Wed Jun 19 2019

Brokers Ireland is delighted to announce a partnership collarboaret of its financial planning brand, Financial Broker and the Mark Pollock Trust for its 2019 Run the Dark event to take place in November in Dublin, Cork, eight satellite locations throughout Ireland.


We are offering 50 Brokers an opportunity to register for free and take part in this 5/10 klm event in Dublin, and Cork on the 13th November 2019.  The first 50 Brokers to register by emailing your name, company and preferred running location to will be registered for the event.


Mark Pollock’s inspiring spinal cord injury charity endeavours to fast-track a cure for paralysis by creating global collaborations and funding ground breaking scientific research. This year, by raising €500,000, Run in the Dark will help to fund more global collaborations and multi-subject research trials.  9,000 are expected to participate in Dublin and 2,800 in Cork.

Commenting on the partnership with Financial Broker, Duncan Duke, President of Brokers Ireland, said: “There are fantastic synergies between Run in the Dark which endorses wellbeing and exercise and our Financial Broker brand which offers consumers a go-to site for financial planning and guidance. Studies show that good financial planning leads to people feeling more confident and having a greater sense of wellbeing and positivity about their financial futures’.

We’re proud to collaborate with Mark and his colleagues for the 2019 Run in the Dark‘  stated Duncan. Run in the Dark takes place in Dublin on Wednesday 13th November 2019.

It will also take place at several international venues from Sydney to San Francisco, involving 25,000 in total across 50 cities worldwide running either 5km or 10km.

Currently there is no cure for paralysis or any meaningful therapies for millions of people with spinal cord injury. Seven in ten never work again after injury and four in ten live below the poverty line.

The Mark Pollock Trust Pollock is on a mission to cure paralysis in our lifetimes. The Mark Pollock Trust’s main fundraiser – the Run in the Dark – plays a vital part in funding this mission.

Paula Cunniffe, CEO of Mark Pollock Trust and Run in the Dark says: ‘Everything we do at Run in the Dark is about inspiring people to build resilience and collaborate with others so that, together, they achieve more than they thought possible. For some that means gathering a group of friends or colleagues to train hard and get fit. For others it means building a team of experts to perform better. For us, at the Mark Pollock Trust, it means supporting Mark Pollock to deal with the ongoing impact of his catastrophic spinal cord injury.’


Unbroken by blindness in 1998, Mark Pollock became an adventure athlete, including being the first blind person to race to the South Pole. In 2010 a fall from a second story window nearly killed him. Mark broke his back and the damage to his spinal cord left him paralysed.

Now he is on a new expedition, this time to cure paralysis in our lifetime. Commenting on his mission, Mark says, ‘As I lay in hospital for 16 months, digesting the impact of my accident, I was physically and mentally broken. With the help of so many people around the world, I have established a new life living with blindness and paralysis. Now, I donate my paralysed body to experimental research as I explore the intersection where humans and technology collide and catalyse collaborations that have never been done before to cure paralysis in our lifetime.

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