Cork basketball: Fr Mathew's fundraiser will benefit club and Cork Simon

Cork basketball: Fr Mathew's fundraiser will benefit club and Cork Simon
Members of Fr Mathew’s Ladies and Men’s National League basketball teams at the launch of their fundraiser for the club and Cork Simon Community at Fr Mathew’s Arena recently.

FR Mathews Women’s Super League and Men’s National League teams are going to compete in a series of fun basketball challenges over two weeks from August to raise funds for the new season, with 50% of all donations received going to help Cork Simon Community. 

There will be a new challenge posted online every two days, starting this weekend, with interviews with current players on both teams. 

You will be able to tune into all the challenges on the club social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram), and people donate at the Go Fund Me link at the end of the article.

Women’s Super League coach Niamh Dwyer was excited with the upcoming event.

“The original idea came during lockdown for an online fundraiser," Niamh said. 

“Then after a brainstorming meeting with the players, the idea was brought forward to support another voluntary organisation given the current climate, and impact the pandemic has had on all sectors. 

"Now working with the men’s team and supporting the Cork Simon there is a real feeling of goodwill around the idea, and we are looking forward to completing it, and hope people can get behind us."

Men’s coach Darko Bucan was equally excited about the camp, and club fundraiser.

“We are delighted that basketball is back and look forward to the season, but we all know it is much bigger than sport for a lot of people. 

"We are hoping to raise funds for our Women’s and Men’s National League teams, and we are also hoping to support people experiencing homelessness in Cork," he said. 

“The pandemic has been difficult on everyone, however, most of us have been fortunate enough to have a safe space where we can protect our family and our loved ones. 

"People experiencing homelessness don’t have this luxury and are exposed to many challenges. Half of the funds we raise will go towards Cork Simon Community, an organisation supporting people experiencing homelessness in Cork. We are hoping the community will get behind us and support the idea."

Fr Mathew's had mixed fortunes last season in both sections of the club, but with a state of the art arena and a booming underage section have huge potential to make a major step forward.

There is a lot of credit to both teams at Fr Mathew’s for coming up with the excellent idea, where they can much needed fund’s for their upcoming season. 

It is also a wonderful opportunity for people to help out a very worthy cause helping the people in the Simon Community in those different times. You can donate to this great fundraiser at www.gofundme.com/f/fr-mathews-fundraiser-and-support-for-cork-simon.

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