Small club with a huge heart: St Val's raise massive sum in aid of Pieta House

Small club with a huge heart: St Val's raise massive sum in aid of Pieta House
St Val's ladies football club raised €24,000 for Pieta House.

LOTS of people and clubs are doing their bit to raise funds for charity during the lockdown and St Val's are no different.

They could be described as a small club, compared to some others, but with a big heart.

And they have shown it as they took part in the recent Darkness into Light fundraiser for Pieta House.

They set out with a target of €2,000 and their tally currently stands at more than €25,000 and they hope to add at least another thousand euro before they close their gofundme page tomorrow Wednesday, night around 11pm.

As a club they are relatively new, founded in 1995 in Kilmurry with members from adjoining parishes. They now have members from U8 right up to senior.

A spokesperson for the club said that: “St Val's would like to say a massive thank you to everyone for the overwhelming support we have received over the past few days.

“Our #RunForPieta#RunForSinéad has raised more than €25,000 so far. This is nothing short of phenomenal. Pieta House is a charity so close to our hearts and we are astounded by peoples kindness and generosity.

“Thank you to everyone in our community who came together throughout last night and at 6am this morning to remember a very special person. Sinéad will always be at the heart of our club.”

One of the players who took part is their Cork inter-county star, Briege Corkery.

Briege has donated every year to the fundraiser but this was the first time she was able to take part.

“Normally I would be caught up with games or training which made it difficult for me to take part so I was delighted to be able to do so this year.

“We lost a good friend in Sinead and as a club we decided to do the fundraiser in her memory. We spoke to her family and they were very happy for us to do so and the money raised so far is way beyond what we expected.

“As a club it has really brought us all close together, with players from U8 upwards all taking part in different ways. The amount of people that wanted to take part was brilliant.

“The younger ones didn't do the running, but they all were up at 6am for the finish of our run for Pieta House.”

St Val's ladies football club raised €24,000 for Pieta House.
St Val's ladies football club raised €24,000 for Pieta House.

With so many people wanting to take part they started at 11pm on the Friday night and went right up to 6am on the Saturday morning, with all taking half hour running slots.

Briege ended up with the 3.30am slot, but said it was done in a very fair way.

“Basically all half hour slots were given a number and you picked a number and that was your slot to I ended up with the one I did. Some of the players stayed up all night as they watched the times and pics from each runner coming in when they finished.

“It was very emotional as we remembered our friend Sinead and it showed the true spirit of the club and even though we were apart because of social distancing, it has brought us closer together.

“I have no doubt it will be something the club will consider doing every year going forward from here."

Like all players Briege is awaiting to see if there will be any games this year, but her personal opinion is that this season should be scrapped.

“Of course we all want to be playing but I think that the season should be just scrapped at this stage and start again next year. I would be very slow to go back playing myself as, when possible, I want to be able to go visit my parents, family and my husband's family.”

St Val's Briege Corkery turns inside the tackle of Banner's Sinead Quinn. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
St Val's Briege Corkery turns inside the tackle of Banner's Sinead Quinn. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

“So I would be very reluctant to go back playing this year on that basis and I think a decision should be made to just forget it at this stage. There are a lot of complications around going back – who gets priority, is it underage, senior clubs sides or inter-county?

“Even getting pitches could be a problem with the demand across all sections of the GAA. If a decision was made now to cancel this season as least everyone would know where we stand and preparations could then start for next year.” 

St Val's intend to close their gofundme page tomorrow night and you can so so on this link: gofundme.com/f/yjaedu-st-vals-ladies-football-run-for-pieta

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