Club Mayo Sports – a new initiative to fund sports in Mayo

Mayo Ladies football team members Cora Cooke and Fiona McHale gave the ‘thumbs up’ at the launch of Club Mayo Sports in the Burlington Hotel Dublin, pictured with John O'Mahony TD, who launched the new fund-raising organisation and PRO, Gerry Kelly.  Picture Henry Wills.

Mayo Ladies football team members Cora Cooke and Fiona McHale gave the ‘thumbs up’ at the launch of Club Mayo Sports in the Burlington Hotel Dublin, pictured with John O'Mahony TD, who launched the new fund-raising organisation and PRO, Gerry Kelly. Picture Henry Wills.

Club Mayo Sports was launched last week with the aim of generating funding for sports in Mayo. At the launch, Deputy John O’Mahony explained that the funding available to sports is limited in these difficult financial times and volunteer groups such as Club Mayo Sports can help. He encouraged Mayo people, wherever they may live or work, to “get involved in the network that Club Mayo Sports has in place and to tap into that network for their benefit”.

The organisers of Club Mayo Sports aim to use the network both in Ireland and abroad to participate in various fundraising activities with a view to disbursing the funds raised to sports teams, individuals and in support of specific events. Any sport, team or individual sports star can apply for funding and each application will be considered on its merits and in relation to funds available at the time.

“We do not see ourselves as the bail-out fund for all the requests we are likely to receive or being able to provide funds in all cases, but we hope to contribute to the most deserving applications as best we can”, said David Rafter, a member of the Organising Committee.

Club Mayo Sports is not a club with formal membership but a focal point for Mayo people everywhere to join a network and ensure that sport in the county gets the support it needs. Fundraising has already commenced and the organisers hope it won’t take too long until some worthy applicants can be supported.

Details of Club Mayo Sports, its fundraising plans and the application process for funding can be found at www.clubmayo.ie . Don’t forget when visiting the website to show your support by joining the Club Mayo Sports network – it’s free.

Contact for further information – Gerry Kelly 086-2409736 [email protected]

 

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