Local GAA clubs to raise funds for Pieta House this weekend

Local GAA clubs to raise funds for Pieta House this weekend

Paul Fitzpatrick

Local GAA clubs continue to lead the way with fundraising efforts in their communities for worthy causes.
Last week, Castlerahan GFC raised over €6,600 for Pieta House. This weekend, both Drumalee and Ballymachugh GAA/LGFA will hold events to raise much-needed funds for the suicide prevention organisation.
Drumalee are hosting a 24-hour challenge, running from 7.30pm this Friday.
The aim of the challenge is to see how far members of the club can walk or run in the 24-hour period. The event organiser Daire Donohoe, Drumalee Senior Team captain, said: “when the Darkness into Light walk couldn’t happen due to Covid-19, the charity Pieta House reached out to GAA clubs across the country and Drumalee GFC were only too delighted to get involved, it is a charity close to our hearts and one which is doing great work , and I think that their services will be needed more than ever right now with the current Covid19 situation.
“We will have players running through the night and a lot of our club underage players and families are getting involved so it’s great for the club community spirit”.
“There has been an amazing reponse so far from members both home and abroad and there is still time for anyone from our club and community to get involved , everyone who participates will be given an hour slot to walk or run to ensure we have all the hours are covered.”
Cavan Chairperson for DIL, Fiona Corby - who is also member in Drumalee GFC – said she is delighted that the club are hosting this event for this great charity.
“We now have our own Outreach centre for Cavan so the money being donated does help and stay in the community. We are extremely grateful for the generosity of the Drumalee club, community and everyone all over Cavan for their support for Darkness Into Light and Pieta House.”
Meanwhile, Ballymachugh GAA, LGFA and wider community will run/walk/cycle for 48 hours within HSE-Covid19 guidelines, also throwing in at 7.30pm on Friday.
“The aim is to cover as many kilometres as we can in the 48-hour period,” explained Ballymachugh’s Barry Kiernan. 
“We are welcoming and encouraging the family and friends of all club members to join us.
“The need for Pieta House’s lifesaving services is greater than ever as COVID-19 impacts not only on the nation's physical health but its mental health too. As people find themselves worried, anxious, under strain, financially impacted and in many cases isolated and alone. 
“We thank for you for your support of this extremely worthwhile and vital cause."

Donate to Ballymachugh's fundraiser here.

Donate to Drumalee's fundraiser here.

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