BANDON’S GAA, ladies football and camogie clubs joined forces to raise funds for local charities St Vincent De Paul and Marymount Hospice last Saturday.
Hundreds of members from all three clubs combined to walk, cycle and run over 2,400 km between 8am and 8pm, well beyond the distance from Bandon to Croke Park, in a fundraiser entitled ‘Bandon to Croker 2020’.
At the time of writing, the total amount of money raised (and still rising) through the event’s GoFundMe page was closing in on €12,000.
Pat Prendergast and Eunice Doyle were just two of the many Bandon GAA personnel who worked behind the scenes to ensure a successful ‘Bandon to Croker 2020’ helped raise badly needed funds for two worthy charities.
Bandon LGFA’s Brian Cotter was delighted to see so much money raised and involving so many local families and young children.
“In fairness, this was Pat Prendergast and Bandon GAA club’s initiative,” Cotter told The Echo.
“Bandon’s Camogie and ladies football clubs were only too delighted to get involved. Eunice Doyle did a great job collating all the information of distances covered coming in. Living in the era of social media, all three clubs were able to get the message out to all their members who responded magnificently.
“People have been doing so much walking and running as part of their daily regimes during the lockdown. The three clubs were able to capitalise on that and raise a lot of money for our two charities. It was a case of everyone wearing their Bandon GAA sports gear, getting the mileage in and taking a group photo or selfie for our social media (accounts).”
It took a real family effort to help the three Bandon clubs raise such a huge amount of money but all that effort was worthwhile according to Brian Cotter.
“What was lovely to see was so many families out there completing their individual 5km together,” Cotter added.
“Lots of families who had a leg in all three clubs made the effort. Mums, Dads, children, and relations all contributing was absolutely super to see.
“As well as that, the amount of young people that got involved was especially pleasing. If the last three months has shown us anything it is how important physical exercise, social interactions and just a sense of belonging matters to not just kids, but to everyone in the community.
“This ‘Bandon to Croker 2020’ gave younger kids a target and a goal to aim for. Things like this event have helped a lot of children through the pandemic and hopefully, we are just about coming to the end of it now.”