A sense of club community was very much to the fore this past weekend as members of Athlone GAA united to raise much needed funds for Pieta House Midlands.
Organiser in chief, current Athlone GAA senior footballer, John Connellan, encouraged participants to partake in the ‘Darkness Into Light’ challenge over a 48 hour period during which time club members walked or jogged in the regular time slots allocated.
An initial fundraising target of €2,000 was set, but this figure was surpassed significantly with a final sum of €10,300 realised.
Speaking following the weekend fundraising initiative, John lauded the pertinent efforts of all those who participated in the event and noted a strong word of appreciation as the initial fundraising target was exceeded.
“On behalf of Athlone GAA, we would like to thank all those who walked or ran in our Run4Pieta Darkness Into Light event. We had over 200 participants taking to the local roads to the tune of over 2,000kms.
“I would especially like to express my gratitude to those participants who walked or ran through the night and in the small hours of the morning to keep us going for the complete 48 hours of the challenge.
“Finally, we would like to thank each person who donated to such a worthy cause. We are so thrilled to have raised €10,300. Pieta House provide such incredible work in an area which has, unfortunately, affected most, if not all of us at some stage of our lives and we hope that the funds raised can go some way to assisting the organisation as they strive to save lives and give support to those affected by suicide and mental health,” John remarked.