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Support Super mum Donna Price set up Road Victims' charity 'in honour of son' after his tragic death

'His death completely shattered our family and I founded IRVA in his honour, and in memory of all of our loved ones killed on our roads in preventable crashes'

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Donna Price is running to raise funds for Irish Road Victims’ Association, the charity she set up

Donna Price is running to raise funds for Irish Road Victims’ Association, the charity she set up

Donna Price is running to raise funds for Irish Road Victims’ Association, the charity she set up

Donna Price is taking part in this year's Vhi Virtual Women's Mini Marathon, promoting a cause close to her heart.

The Mullingar woman is running to raise funds for Irish Road Victims' Association (IRVA), the national charity she set up following the death of her son Darren.

"My 18-year-old son Darren was killed in a crash while on his way to college in Athlone in 2006, through no fault of his own," she said.

"His death completely shattered our family and I founded IRVA in his honour, and in memory of all of our loved ones killed on our roads in preventable crashes."

IRVA provides free information, support and bereavement counselling to families affected by road crashes nationwide.

As part of their work, they help families to deal with the horrific aftermath of their loved ones' death or serious injury.

"The charity is very close to our hearts and is run entirely by volunteers, each of whom has lost a loved one or sustained life-altering injury themselves in a road crash," Donna said.

"Our needless loss has compelled each of us to act, to try to prevent our pain being experienced by other families."

Everyone in IRVA volunteers their time to the charity, and they raise their own funding.

They try to ensure that families have the support they need and never feel isolated or alone in their grief.

All their services are free of charge, and they operate a 24-hour helpline, which is open seven days a week.

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"Every year on the roads of the world 1.365 million people are killed. That's 3,700 killed every day, or 154 killed every hour," Donna said.

"These deaths are totally preventable. They're not incurable diseases. We all know the causes and must play our small part in preventing this needless loss of life.

"It's a human tragedy of immense proportions that we hear very little about. Why? Because they tend to be individual tragedies, with families left alone to pick up the pieces."

As well as grieving the sudden loss of a loved one, families are often thrown into dealing with the criminal justice process - which they know nothing about - including the garda investigation, DPP and Coroner's inquest.

IRVA holds regular support group meetings, gives road safety educational talks to transition-year students around the country and speaks to youngsters in the garda juvenile diversion/liaison programme.

By running the virtual mini marathon on September 19, Donna is hoping to raise important funds to allow IRVA to continue supporting unfortunate victims and their families.

"All of IRVA's services are free of charge, and our helpline is always open. Phone or text us on 086 8634194," Donna added.

Sign up now at www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie.

Find out more about IRVA's important work at www.irva.ie

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