As part of their main fundraising initiative for 2013, Mayo Ladies GAA are teaming up with the Carers’ Association of Ireland. Last week both groups came together in Breaffy House Hotel to launch their Together For Carers St Patrick’s Day Campaign. A ribbon specially designed for St Patrick’s Day will be on sale all over Mayo in various retail outlets, workplaces and street corners up until March 17. Each ribbon costs €2 with proceeds being split equally between the Mayo Ladies and the Carers’ Association. Mayo Ladies chairperson Liam Costigan said: “The Mayo Ladies County Board are delighted to announce their partnership with the Carers Association of Ireland. Volunteerism is a value promoted and encouraged by both associations. Currently there are 28 ladies’ clubs in Mayo. We deeply appreciate the effort that volunteers put into training all club grades from under eight to senior in addition to huge commitment given by people to training our county teams.
“In the current economic situation we are mindful of the costs associated with running ladies’ football.” Mr Costigan praised the valuable work carried out by carers, mentioning that twists of fate may lead any of us to need their assistance. Annette McCaul of the Carers’ Association spoke of the work the association carries out; providing services for family carers such as home respite, training, group support, lobbying and advocacy.