Cork GAA clubs join forces to raise funds for children's cancer charity

Cork GAA clubs join forces to raise funds for children's cancer charity
Barrathon fundraiser is in aid of Aoibheann's Pink Tie. You can donate by visiting iDonate.

Several weeks ago a club officer in Aghabullogue GAA got a call from the senior players who wanted to organise a fundraiser in aid of Aoibheann's Pink Tie, a charity which provides vital support to children suffering from cancer in Ireland and their families.

On June 28, a number of players will take part in a marathon, taking place in relay format.

"The fundraiser is very close to our hearts.

"One of our own players his son has been going through treatment in Crumlin over the last couple of years. 

"With a lot of fundraisers going on all over the county and around the country, the senior players wanted to do something themselves and this was the charity that was close to their hearts because it affected one of their teammates," said Michael Dilworth, Aghabullogue GAA's P.R.O. 

It was July 2018 when Niall and Mairead Buckley received the devastating news that their son was confirmed as having Neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer just after his second birthday. 

The family say the charity has been an invaluable support to them. 

"Niall has been playing adult hurling and football for the club for the last 20 odd years. 

"He’s one of our stalwarts from over the years and has given fantastic service to the club and we wanted to show support to his family by organising this special 'Barrathon'," said Mr Dilworth.

Mairead Buckley, Barra’s mother, a camogie player with Newcestown, was delighted as her club wanted to get involved too.

On Sunday, June 28, a select group will run a marathon relay around Coachford, Rylane and Aghabullogue. 

It will start at the club complex in Coachford at 10.30am and finish back at the clubhouse a few hours later having circled the parish.

The iDonate page, which was launched yesterday, has already raised over €5,500. 

If you would like to donate to the fundraiser visit: 

https://www.idonate.ie/fundraiser/11387346_aghabullogue-gaa--amp--camogie-clubs-barrathon.html

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