THE CORK hurlers are making full use of lockdown in a bid to raise €50,000 for Marymount Hospice.
Erin's Own club man Robbie O'Flynn proposed the solo-run challenge across 48 hours this weekend.
The Rebels' extended panel and backroom are doing a solo relay run in their gardens today and tomorrow.
Over 50 of the Leesiders will be involved and the action will be videoed and streamed live via an Instagram page for the event: @Corkhurling.Marymount
There is also a Facebook page to promote the great cause.
“With a lot of Marymount’s fundraising events cancelled due to Covid-19, I thought it would be great if we could do something collectively to support them," explained the 22-year-old.
“Initially, I was thinking of donating or raffling jerseys but then thought that a solo run would be something that we could all get involved in to support this worthy cause. It would also be within social distancing guidelines in that we will all do the run in our own gardens or within a 2km radius of where we live.
"I asked some of the lads and they thought it was a great idea. Management have been really supportive too.”
The target is €50,000 and everyone who donates to the fund will be entered into a prize raffle for Cork team jerseys.
O'Flynn, who won Munster U21 and Fitzgibbon Cup titles in recent years and featured in the senior championship in 2018 and '19, has just completed a Masters in Management and Marketing at UCC.
"The run will begin at 6am on Saturday, followed on the hour and around the clock by each participant.“
The fundraising campaign has been launched via a Go Fund Me page and donations are already coming through.
“It’s good to be able to play a part in supporting such a worthy cause.
“Covid-19 restrictions are affecting Marymount’s scheduled fundraising activities so this is a great opportunity to use our time, energy and skills to make a difference to people’s lives.”
Patrick Horgan, the Rebel captain is fully behind the initiative.
“We are all so delighted to be involved in such an event to support Marymount Hospice and the great work they do. Everybody in Cork has a close connection to Marymount in one way or another and show great strength and generosity any time an event like this one is run.
“The way Cork people especially come together to support something like Marymount makes us all proud to be from Cork.”
Hurling bainisteoir Kieran Kingston said: “Marymount Hospice is so important to the people of Cork, and we are delighted to be able to be involved in a fundraiser like this, for such a great cause like Marymount Hospice”
Donations can be made via https://www.gofundme.com/f/corkhurlersformarymount/donate
or by contacting Marymount Hospice’s fundraising team at 021 4501201 or email firstname.lastname@example.org