Cork GAA clubs raise over €91k for children's cancer charity

Cork GAA clubs raise over €91k for children's cancer charity
L-R in the front row 200m from the finish line, Rua, Mairead, Barra & Niall Buckley at the 'Barrathon' on June 28.

Last month, Aghabullogue GAA launched the 'Barrathon' fundraiser, an initiative to raise much-needed funds for Aoibheann's Pink Tie, a charity which provides vital support to children suffering from cancer in Ireland and their families.

"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.

"Aoibheann's Pink Tie has been a huge support to the family," said Michael Dilworth, Aghabullogue GAA's PRO.

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

On Sunday, June 28, players from the Aghabullogue Hurling Football & Camogie Club joined forces with Newcestown Camogie Club to take part in the Barrathon event which saw a select group running a marathon relay around Coachford, Rylane and Aghabullogue.

"The event was very well supported," said Mr Dilworth.

"The community spirit was phenomenal - people were lining the streets with banners cheering the runners on. 

"Especially emerging out of lockdown, it was great for people to be able to get out and see each other and support the event," he continued.

Mr Dilworth said the Club is "absolutely thrilled" to have raised such a large sum for the charity.

"It's miles beyond our expectations. Initially, when we launched the fundraiser, we had hoped to maybe raise €5,000."

The fundraiser has received support from a number of high profile individuals such as Kerry footballer, Colm Cooper, professional rower, Sanita Pušpure, and RTÉ sports commentator, Marty Morrisey. 

Mr Dilworth extended his sincere thanks to everyone who has donated to the fundraiser so far.

If you would like to donate to the fundraiser, there are a couple of days left to do so.

You can contribute via the iDonate page: https://www.idonate.ie/fundraiser/11387346_aghabullogue-gaa--amp--camogie-clubs-barrathon.html

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