Held over 24 hours from March 31st - April 1st at Zero-Gravity Skatepark, Doorly Park, Sligo town.
At least one person was skating at all times for the 24 hour duration.
The event kicked off at 9pm Friday night and continued until 9pm Saturday night.
Participants could skate for a minimum of 1 hour but stay for as long as they liked.
Thanks to everyone who made the Skateathon such a success this year!!
"At 6pm on Friday evening, the 20th May, our tribe was assembled at Annaghmore estate, we were introduced to our new adventure buddies and after getting our survival kits checked by our hosts NorthWest Adventure Tours we took off from Annaghmore to begin our 24 hours Digital Detox Adventure.
We turned our phones off and conversations were struck up, the first being about about our collective excitement at the prospect of being device free for the weekend...."
On Friday 4th March, Rennafix held its first and hugely successful
fundraiser of 2016, a 24 hour Skate-a-thon in conjunction with
Zero-Gravity Skatepark in Sligo.
The event began at 9 pm Friday evening. Participants took
to the ramps on skateboards, scooters, roller blades and BMXs
with the aim of having at least one skater on the ramps
over the 24 hour period.
Fundraising was completed by both adults and kids with adults fundraising target set at €100 and
kids set to €50.
A whopping €4000 was raised in total, participants raised funds using sponsor cards and on-line donations and many spectators dropped in to support and donate during the event. The money raised allows Rennafix to fund life-enhancing activities to people in therapy for mental health related reasons. These activities can range from adrenaline inducing to holistic self care or art/craft workshops. In 2015 the number of beneficiaries supported by the Rennafix service increased four-fold. With such an amazing start it is expected that this service will reach even further into the community in 2016.
We're currently compiling memories and photos, and will share them all with you soon...
Havin' a Laugh Evening at Annaghmore
On Saturday evening we settled in at the Secret Stage for an evening of live music and entertainment. As a starry night's sky rolled in we allowed the pulse of live music travel to our dancing feet. An eclectic mix of ear pleasing tunes was brought to you by a mixture of live acts. Kicking off with A Grizzly Revival and rolling through the night with The Well Dressed Hobos,Aindrias De Staic and The Latchiko's,
and then buzzing us into a heightened festival fever
Havin' a Laugh promoted inclusivity and craic in equal measures.
There was food from La Cabana and the Havin' a Laugh kitchen
available to purchase with camping and light breakfast was included
in your evening pass.
Blaithin of ActiveYoga and Finn of Fin's Fit Food are came together to create two exciting month long events - Octoga and Watober! Blaithin took to the outdoors for her daily yoga practice and Finn, who is a SUP instructor, diver and surfer, among other things, took to in the ocean every single day of October. This challenge encouraged happiness and wellness in participants while getting outdoors and trying something new. If you would like to learn more about this event, click here.
The Annual Rennafix Flagship Event consists of Three Days of Adventure in Sligo. Take in the Great Outdoors, Live music and Entertainment, Healthy Food, Camping and more...
Rennafix Group in Sligo have created the Havin' a Laugh Festival to promote well-being and positive mental health in Sligo
Our FUNdraising abseil adventure with Carraig Climbingwas held on Friday evening 5th August in Slish Woods. Taking in breathtaking views with some gentle Yoga stretches we abseiled down a 70ft sheer rock face at one of Sligo's most scenic settings. Our resident Gerry-chef sparked up the BBQ as participants landed from above to feast on Sweet Beat Cafe salads and BBQ munchies.
'Each of us felt our adrenaline pumping during the descent, it was hard to tell the difference between shrieks and laughter'
Plenty of hugs were shared amongst our new posse of friends with us all energised for the weekend ahead. Two thumbs up for this casual and accessible Friday FUNdraiser.
To book yourself and your mates in for an afternoon of abseiling or rockclimbing call Conal 0876647285 of Carraig Climbing.
To view more stunning images from the Digital Detox Adventure Challenge, visit our Flickr account!
Positive Vibes Saltwater Package
This saltwater adventure package started early on Saturday morning at 8am with a heartwarming soul-lifting beach yoga session at Strandhill beach with ActiveYoga. We nestled safely into Shelly Valley under the protection of the ancient sand dunes and saluted the rising sun while inhaling healing ocean breath into our souls. Following Yoga, breakfast was enjoyed at Shells Cafe where heartiest of food was had and the healthiest of friendships were formed.
Join John (John G Coaching) our resident mind calmer to got you vibed up for a Surf Zensation then allowed the qualified instructors of iSurfIreland take you to the waves. You finished with plenty of time to have lunch and then make your way out to the Annaghmore Havin' a Laugh Festival Site for Day and Evening entertainment.
Over 50 people took part in the marathon event, half of the partcipants were u18 making for some good natured mischief and slagging on the ramps. It was not a competition but due to the outstanding performance of three local kids, Adam Copeland, Cian Gilmartin and Aidan O'Keefe, prizes were awarded for endurance! All three stayed on their BMXs for the full 24 hours intermittently using the lounge facilities for cat-naps as required.
Two additional prizes were given to the adults for most enthusiastic and inspiring male and female, Michael Byrne and Amy Conroy. What were the prizes? A little more of what they love, vouchers for Zero-Gravity skatepark of course! A special mention has to go to two girls new to skateboarding, Ruta and Elizabeth, who travelled all the way from Dublin for the event. They of course promptly fell in love with the county of Sligo having spent their Saturday enjoying the sites and amenities of Strandhill. They've already cleared their diary for 20th - 22nd May when Rennafix will be running the annual Havin' a Laugh festival!
Stand Up Comedy Friday Night
The weekend's activities kicked off with a belly full of laughs, upstairs in McGarrigles we were taken on a magical journey of football, music and mayhem with Aindrias de Staic! Award winning entertainer, Aindrias de Staic, was back in Sligo with his newest show, “The Man from Moogaga." Don't miss the return of the man behind the show, "Around the World on 80 Quid" - 2008 Nominee for "Most Outstanding Performer" at the Dunedin Festival Fringe and Winner of "Best Solo Show" at the New Zealand Festival Fringe. “The performance is half seanchaí, half shaman, half "Fiddler of Dooney" with a whallop of Flann O’Brien thrown into the mix for good measure.” - Philip Dunne, state.ie
Supporting acts included Ruth O'Kelly Hunter and Aine Gallagher with Barry Cullen as our resident MC.
Havin' a Laugh Day at Annaghmore 2-6pm
The stunning natural woodlands of Annaghmore estate were open to all passers by on Saturday 21st May from 2pm – 6pm. Participants escaped in the wilderness of fairy forts and river trails, with kids games, treasure trails, superslide, great food, craic and more. All activities were designed to lift your spirits and enliven your senses. Some well deserved time out from the mayhem of modern life to chill out in nature with good people, laughter and sunshine for the soul.
The Holistic Area 2-6pm
In a secluded area of the Havin' a Laugh site we created a special quiet zone for your holistic well-being. Your self-nurture pass gained you access to any number of treatments and activities including, reiki, Indian head massage, mind camp workshops, crystal healing, seaweed foot massage, yoga, aerial, 'nurture in nature' and more.
On Saturday 25th June, ActiveYoga hosted an Adventure Acro-Yoga Excursion in aid of Rennafix Group.
At 5pm participants SUP'd from Sligo Town to Beezies Island with Northwest Adventure Tours. 6 - 8pm they enjoy a gentle Yoga warm up on the Island and then tried some playful Acro-Yoga poses guided by Paula Martin. Participants feasted on wholesome holistic munchies provided by Carolanne of the Sweet Beat Cafe.
8pm Participants SUP and smile your way back to Sligo town for any of the many delights Sligo has to offer of a Saturday Night. Arrive back 9pm.
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ActiveYoga marked the longest day of the year with two 60 minute
Yoga and Acro-Yoga classes at the Carrowmore tombs.
The class, which was suitable for all levels, gathered at 5am
and again at 8pm for Sunrise and Sunset.
Digital Detox Adventure Challenge
The Rennafix team have expressed their gratitiude for these fantastic indoor facilities, the largest skatepark in the northwest, provided by Neville Dunbar at Zero-Gravity skatepark. More often associated with the running of outdoor adventure events, Rennafix expressed a welcome respite from the uncertainty of weather at this time of year. Zero-Gravity also have all the necessary equipment and protective gear availble to rent on site with all employees being highly skilled, experienced skaters and always happy to advise and encourage newcomers at the park.
If you missed out on this event not to worry, Zero Gravity skatepark is in full swing all year round and well worth a visit www.zerogravityskateparksligo.ie. And with little rest for the mischief makers the next Rennafix event is on the horizon, the Havin' a Laugh Adventure Festival is taking place this May. To see more images from the Skate-A-Thon, visit our Flickr account!