WITH hurling back at last, the online skills challenges and 5km runs are on hold again.
While the sporting lockdown during the height of the Covid pandemic was hugely frustrating, there was a massive amount of money generated for some terrific causes in that period.
The Cork hurlers led the way on Leeside, as their solo run generated a staggering €74,184 for Marymount University Hospital and Hospice.
Each member of the team and management dedicated an hour over a lockdown weekend in May to perform individual solo runs in their garden or area.
They shared their activity on social media and asked the Cork hurling faithful to support them, which they duly did to the tune of €74,184.
The initiative was led by Erin's Own and Cork forward Robbie O’Flynn, who understands the importance of the charity as his mother works in Marymount.
“We would like to say a huge thank you to Robbie and all of the team and management for their support for this fantastic achievement,” said Paula McGovern, Head of Fundraising at Marymount.
“Each year Marymount needs to raise €3.5 million. Like every other person, charity and organisation we have been badly affected by the Covid-19 crisis with all of our events and our annual campaigns cancelled.
"Robbie’s initiative has really helped both in raising much-needed funds for Marymount and also in showing how virtual campaigns can be really successful and encouraging other people and teams to organise their own virtual events for Marymount.”
As part of the campaign, Cork hurler Christopher Joyce delivered 10 iPads and iPhones to Marymount from Wisetek, the company he works for. The Na Piarsaigh defender returned to action this year after missing out in 2019 through injury.
The team and management also all gave individual jerseys and kits to raffle off to donors which have all been delivered to winners in recent weeks.