Call to action as Westmeath Movathon challenge is launched

The month of March promises to be a historic one for all within the Westmeath GAA community.

For the inaugural occasion, the officers of the Westmeath County GAA Committee, the Westmeath Ladies Gaelic Football County Board and the Westmeath Camogie Board have united to organise a fundraising event, the Westmeath Movathon Lake County Challenge, for the mutual benefit of the three organisations.

Board officers, team managers, players of the county hurling, football, camogie and ladies gaelic football panels are all committed to this novel crusade.

This is a call to action for all Westmeath gaels at home and abroad to undertake the challenge during the month of March.

Westmeath gaels from all 47 clubs, supporters and their families are being asked to take part and walk, run, cycle or swim a distance of your choice. The target of the Movathon Lake County Challenge is to make the 75 Km virtual journey across the county from Clonmellon to Athlone without moving outside the 5km limit permitted under the Covid-19 restrictions. Walking just over 2km daily will get that mission accomplished.

Alternatively, you might undertake to complete the 40km from Kilbeggan to the Longford border, just outside Ballynacarrigy. Perhaps ‘the virtual trip’ along the length of the Royal Canal Greenway from Killucan to Ballynacarrigy might be a realistic challenge or maybe a decision to simply exercise more than usual is a worthwhile challenge? Healthy activity is conducive to our physical and mental wellbeing, so we encourage as many as possible to participate.

All that is asked of those intending participants is to get involved in this unique venture and make a donation on the GoFund me page established specifically to receive contributions.

This challenge is being led by county players from all playing codes who represent Westmeath with great distinction.

During these difficult times, with normal revenue streams no longer available, your support is needed to give all our county players the best possible opportunity to compete at the highest level. TEG Cusack Park, the famous and cherished home of Westmeath GAA needs upgrading.

The work will commence this year and continue for a number of years until we are satisfied that it will, once again, be a fitting and comfortable home for Westmeath players and supporters.

The Westmeath Movathon Lake County Challenge commenced on March 1 and will conclude on Easter Monday, April 4. Half of the money raised will be allocated on an equal basis to support the camogie, hurling, gaelic football and ladies gaelic football teams, the remainder will be used to carry out some of the essential refurbishment of TEG Cusack Park in association with the LEADER funding recently allocated.

So for the month of March, let Donate and Participate be the battle cry for the Westmeath GAA family from Sydney to Shandonagh, from Dubai to Delvin, from the Bronx to Ballynacarrigy and all places in between whilst all the time complying with the requirements of Level 5 restrictions.

For further information on the Westmeath Movathan Lake County Challenge contact Frank Mescall (County Chairman ): 087-9843737; Pat Doherty (Operations Manager ): 087-2206875 or Tom Hunt (Central Council Delegate ): 086-3842702.


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