January 13th, 2022
GAA Stars Support Hurling For Hope fundraiser in aid of Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation & Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association
A group of friends, players, mentors and teammates from Ballyhaunis GAA Club in Mayo, have come together and organised a unique fundraising event to support two charities, the Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation and the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association.
Launched today at Croke Park, by Jacqui Hurley RTE Sport, Keith Higgins, former Mayo footballer and Tom Parsons CEO GPA, the Hurling for Hope fundraiser will also see Keith along with clubmates “solo” a hurling ball from the Mayo Roscommon Hospice in Castlebar via Claremorris, Ballyhaunis and Castlerea and finish at the Mayo Roscommon Hospice in Roscommon, covering a distance of 100kms. The players will be joined by a myriad of current and past GAA players along the route. The event will take place over four days commencing on Wednesday 23rdMarch and finishing on Saturday 26th March.
CEO of Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation Martina Jennings said:
“We are so delighted that Frank Browne and the huge team involved have chosen us as one of the benefitting charities, for this unique and challenging fundraiser. 2021 saw the Foundation launch our specialist palliative care unit in Roscommon, the second unit to be launched in 3 years and this was made possible from incredible fundraisers just like Hurling For Hope. As we continue to fund palliative care services in our community and hospices we encourage everyone to get out and support this fantastic group along their journey and we are so grateful to all the organisers.”
Lillian McGovern, CEO of IMNDA said.
“Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association is delighted to be one of the chosen charities by the Hurling for Hope campaign. This imaginative event is going to create great awareness of Motor Neurone Disease in the major towns throughout Mayo and Roscommon. The services provided by the IMNDA will benefit greatly from this fundraiser and will allow us to deliver the vital services to families that have been affected by MND. We are a small organisation and we rely heavily on fundraising & donations from events like these. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in Hurling for Hope and wish them all the success with their fundraising endeavours.”
Jacqui Hurley, RTE Sport said.
“I’m delighted to be involved in this amazing fundraising initiative, supporting two great charities. I think the last 2 years have shown us just how much events like this can lift community spirit. I’m sure the lads will knock a bit of craic out of the journey along the way too and I’m looking forward to following their progress.”
Keith Higgins. 4 Time All Star said.
“On behalf of the Hurling For Hope group, we are delighted to be undertaking this challenge on behalf of both the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association and the Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation. Our aim is to raise awareness and some much needed funds for these two fantastic charities which are close to all our hearts.
We hope that as many people as possible can come out and support us along the journey and even solo a few miles.”
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