St Vincent's Camogie Club to walk, run and jog distance from Cork to Lebanon 

St Vincent's Camogie Club to walk, run and jog distance from Cork to Lebanon 
Some St. Vincent's Camogie players with Blake Murphy, who won Munster and All Ireland Under 20 Football Championship medals with Cork, at the club's Kellogg's Cul Camp.Picture: Mike English

Members of St Vincent’s Camogie Club in Cork city are making sure to keep fit and active despite Covid-19 restrictions, all while raising money for two worthwhile charities.

They will run, jog, or walk the distance from Cork to Lebanon in an effort to raise funds for Pieta House and Mná Feasa.

One of their clubmates, Carol Geaney, is currently on duty in Lebanon with the Irish Defence Forces. They are due to rotate home in May, however, there is some uncertainty around that date.

Carol Geaney with girlfriend, teammate and Cork Senior camogie player Courtney O’Keeffe.
Carol Geaney with girlfriend, teammate and Cork Senior camogie player Courtney O’Keeffe.

So instead, St. Vincent’s Camogie Club are going to run, walk, or jog the 5,400km distance between Cork and Lebanon to virtually reach her and show their support for Carol and her colleagues.

The club is asking players and their families to log the kilometres they’ve clocked up in exercise, and it will all be added together.

Cork to Lebanon fundraiser by St Vincent's Camogie Club
Cork to Lebanon fundraiser by St Vincent's Camogie Club

Each week on Facebook the distance will be marked out on a map to show everyone how far along the journey they are.

The club is asking people to donate to a Go Fund Me page for their efforts, with the funds split between charities Pieta House, who have a Cork base in Shanakiel, and Mná Feasa based in Gurranabraher.

“These are fantastic charities who do great work and are especially vital at this challenging time,” St Vincent’s Camogie Club fundraising page says.

The club have set a target of raising €2,000, however, they are already well on their way to surpassing that, with more than €1,200 collected in less than 24 hours.

The club will host an official launch on Wednesday evening which the Lord Mayor will attend, along with Cork Senior Camogie captain and St Vincent's player Amy O'Connor, along with camogie club representatives, some of whom are in the defence forces, as well as representatives from both charities.

To donate:  https://www.gofundme.com/f/st-vincents-camogie-club-fundraiser?teamInvite=VFFJgUXXraeTtsslrBNdqLU3MSYJkxiUnQBXSbGN92XU4tRuRJIhbIT9MmQsVgpF&fbclid=IwAR339z3HOJYKgIlWT-O1-NE7Nqgxkyk_sNuS3t0HRNJDuYAK5FIBf41pomM

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