The Solo Run That’s All About Others
On Saturday 4th July, St. Mary’s U-12s showed that a great solo run is really all about teamwork as they soloed the ball around the pitch for 5 kilometers in aid of a most worthy cause that is close to the hearts and minds of everyone in St Mary’s.
Motor Neurone Disease is a progressive neurological condition that attacks the motor neurones or nerves, in the brain and spinal cord and hits people of all ages. There is currently there no cure for the disease.
Thanks to the efforts of the team and all in the community who sponsored them including donations made by each of the Juvenile teams over, € 1,200 was raised by the event which will be put to immediate use by the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA), which is currently celebrating 30 years helping sufferers and carers through advocacy, in the home, and by means of professional support.
For many years, St Mary’s GFC has strong relations with IMNDA and according to Club Chairman Paul Scanlon this latest club fundraiser is proof of the positive contribution sport can make. “St Mary’s has always been about much more than a GAA club and giving something back to worthy charities like IMNDA through these inspirational ideas is something that we are delighted to be able to do.”
This Under 12 team trained hard and practiced their solos at their weekly training sessions and at home in the buildup to this challenge. Each and every team member did their Club and community proud when they finished the 5K together showing that this bunch of players follows in the footsteps of many great St Mary’s teams before them.
The Solo Run proved a great success not just for the team around the field, but the one on the sidelines as well: the parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters and mentors who cheered and clapped the players on every lap. Everyone then stayed on to enjoy the BBQ organized by the club to thank everyone for their help in making Saturday 4th July a memorable day of fun, laughter and fundraising.
Special thanks go to the U12 coaches, Emmet Nulty, Sean Loughran and Finton O’Brien for their hard work to ensure the day went as planned including the good weather. However without the dedication of this special panel of players, club volunteers, wonderful parents and members, the event would not have been a magical success for this deserving charity.”