NEMO Rangers players, committee members and club supporters recently embarked on a successful fundraiser for Marymount Hospice.
Club members from the city kingpins ran, walked and cycled 5km within their restrictions to raise funds for a great organisation. PRO Paul Barry was delighted.
“We had a great turnout from all members of the club. It was a great success. We had underage players, players from the ladies club and the adult club all take part. We had club members complete it in Australia, Vancouver and New York. It was a great family day,” he said.
The fundraiser raised over €20,000 for Marymount Hospice. The funds raised will be put to great use by the Cork city hospital.
“The final amount raised is a great tally. There was very little preparatory work involved in organising the fundraiser. I was talking to our club chairman the previous Sunday and he gave the go-ahead.
“The players were great to deal with. They drove it on via social media. They were delighted to get involved and help out in any way possible.
“Tori Cooke did great work on behalf of the ladies club. In the space of just one week, we had all the arrangements in place. It proved a lovely family event. It brought everyone together.
“It showed the unity and feelgood factor within our club. We had over 200 people participate. We even had a few people swim the 5k. We had people of all ages out.
“It was great to combine improving the fitness levels of individuals and raising money for a great cause. We surpassed all expectations with the amount we raised.”
The fundraiser also took on a significant emotional factor as the Nemo Rangers GAA Club remembered former club stalwart Ger Kiely who sadly passed away last year. Ger was in all the participants’ thoughts as they embarked on the fundraiser.
“Ger was a great clubman. He used the services in Marymount and that is why we got the idea to raise funds for such a great hospital. Ger was a great member of the club.
“His son Colm is a member of the senior panel at present. His daughter Niamh is involved with the ladies club. Ger did great work in promoting hurling within the club, both at underage and with the junior hurlers. He was a much-loved member of the club.
“He would carry out any role, putting out flags, filling the water bottles or taking down the nets.
“It was nice to honour and remember his legacy.”