Sports stars give their cups to Galway

Alan Kerins Foundation's Liam Bluett and Supermac’s Pat McDonogh pictured with Tomó, Paddy, and Mikey Culhane at the photocall to announce  the Stars and Cups event due to be held in Supermac’s Eyre Square on January 2. Sporting cups including the Sam Maguire, Six Nations Cup, Liam McCarthy, Irish Press Cup, and the Triple Crown Trophy will be in Supermac’s on the day, with representatives from the various teams there to meet fans and give them a chance to hold these prestigious trophies. Photo: Reg Gordon

Alan Kerins Foundation's Liam Bluett and Supermac’s Pat McDonogh pictured with Tomó, Paddy, and Mikey Culhane at the photocall to announce the Stars and Cups event due to be held in Supermac’s Eyre Square on January 2. Sporting cups including the Sam Maguire, Six Nations Cup, Liam McCarthy, Irish Press Cup, and the Triple Crown Trophy will be in Supermac’s on the day, with representatives from the various teams there to meet fans and give them a chance to hold these prestigious trophies. Photo: Reg Gordon

The country’s top sports players are coming to Galway with most of the major championship cups to meet fans on behalf of Alan Kerins African Projects.

The Stars and Cups event takes place on Saturday January 2 in Supermac’s, Eyre Square, from 12noon to 3pm. This is a unique opportunity for fans young and old to meet their sporting heroes. It is hoped that other activities taking place in Supermac´s on the day will help contribute to the €1 million figure required for the Alan Kerins African Projects Educational, Sporting and Community Based Centre in Africa.

Sporting cups including the Sam Maguire, Six Nations Cup, Liam McCarthy, Irish Press Cup, and the Triple Crown Trophy will be in Supermac´s on the day, with representatives from the various teams there to meet fans and give them a chance to hold these prestigious trophies. Supermac’s will be donating €1 of each Supermac’s meal sold on the day to Alan Kerins African projects. Other in store activities including face painting, and prize draws will take place in store on the day, making the event a perfect family day out.

Speaking on the initiative Alan Kerins, founder of Alan Kerins African Projects said: “We are a people charity in everything we do and 2010 will be a challenging year. We are humbled by the continuous support we receive. The charity offers a light of hope to our brothers and sisters in Africa who otherwise would be forgotten, this will be a great day for everybody involved.

“Alongside the work the charity is engaging with such as building wells for clean drinking water and crop irrigation, teaching families how to be self sufficient through farming crops and animals, providing schools for education, we hope to direct all of the funds rasied to the Educational, Sporting and Community Based Centre” continues Kerins. “This will contribute to the long-term development of the area and we hope people can support the Stars and Cups fundraising day any way they can.”

Commenting on Supermac’s support of the Stars and Cups fundraising day, managing director of Supermac’s Pat McDonagh, says: “Supermac’s is delighted to support such a deserving charity as Alan Kerins African Projects. They are doing fantastic work overseas where, with the recent cuts in overseas aid, we need to get behind charities like this as much as we possibly can. I know it has been a tough year for many people in Galway, especially with the horrendous flooding in some parts so close to Christmas. The Stars and Cups fundraiser is being organised to put a smile on people’s faces, allowing fans get close to and meet their sporting heroes.”

Further details on the Stars and Cups event are available on www.Supermacs.ie

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