1st September, 2016: M3 Mulhuddart Services is supporting a local GAA Association's efforts to raise funds for a crucial counselling programme in support of children whose loved ones are fighting cancer.
There’s nothing as resilient as an Irish Mammy. To prove it, the Ladies Gaelic Football Association at Peregrines club organised a Mammy’s GAA competition on Saturday 20thAugust, an event where 200 Irish Mammies competed against each other in a series of bruising football games all day long.
And they did this to raise money for one of the strongest and bravest Irish mammies herself,Clare Clarke, who fought against breast cancer and then secondary cancer, only to succumb to the disease on 30thJanuary, 2015.
What was Clare's story? Well, upon discovering there were no local counselling services to help her young children to cope with the fact their mother was dying, Clare used her last months on earth to set up the CLIMB® (Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery), a programme that provides counselling to children aged 5-12 whose close relatives are fighting cancer. Already in use in Belfast and Tuam cancer clinics, the ladies of Peregrines want to raise enough money to roll the program out in their local area too.
And M3 Mulhuddart Services was there to lend its support to the cause on the day. Keith Doyle of M3 Mulhuddart Services said that the business was delighted to be able to support the mammies, donating 200 goodie bags to participants.
Each bag contained a Maxol water bottle, an Insomnia voucher, a Supermac's voucher, and an energy bar. But the financial contribution to the event is only the first step in what Keith hopes will prove to be a long-term sponsorship relationship with Peregrines club. “We love their community spirit, their sense of craic, and above all, their commitment to bringing CLIMB to the area,” said Keith.
Above: The ladies of Peregrine's Ladies Gaelic Football Association
Aileen Boyd, organiser of the Mammy’s GAA event, said that the day was a resounding success. “We are still counting the various contributions, but I think it's safe to say that we raised well over €800 and we are in the process of securing matching funding from the Bank of Ireland.” Aileen says the club is delighted with its success and would like to thank all the brave women who participated and the sponsors and attendees who contributed to the final amount raised. “There is real Irish Mammy power at work here,” said Aileen, “And this event showed just how strong and fierce our Mammies are!”
The event was organised under the Gaelic4Mothers&Others initiative at the GAA, which sees mothers getting more and more involved in the sport. Not only is it fun, non-competitive, and social, it has proven to be an excellent vehicle for raising money for good causes, including this one.
That Peregrines GAA is a local club, located close to the M3 Mulhuddart Services site is important. “We want to support sporting and charitable activities that go directly to the heart of the community in and around the Mulhuddart site,” said Keith Doyle.
And so far, M3 Mulhuddart Services is putting its money where its mouth is. Although Mulhuddart has only been open for 5 months, the company has already sponsored some significant local charitabe efforts. For example, it sponsored the 20K drop for St Peters National School in Dunboyne to the tune of €950 sponsorship plus 500 Insomnia vouchers. This was a very successful event all round, raising thousands of euros for essential school programmes and repairs.
Keith says that M3 Mulhuddart Services is open to new ideas and contacts, but that each effort supported by the business must have a proven benefit for the local community located directly in and around the Mulhuddart site.
If you're local to the area and have an idea about how Maxol could help with community charity and sporting events, please contact Keith through the M3 Mulhddart Services Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/m3mulhuddartservices/?fref=ts