GAA ‘Tour de Thurles’ raises €25,000

Posted on: 31 Jan 2018

GAA ‘Tour de Thurles’ raises €25,000

Breakthrough was delighted to attend Croke Park on 30 January to receive funds raised by the GAA’s ‘Tour de Thurles’ which took place in September 2017,

 

The 'Tour de Thurles' cycle was a GAA and Croke Park staff led initiative which brought staff members 166kms from Croke Park to the birthplace of the GAA; Hayes Hotel in Thurles, Co. Tipperary. On September 28, 2017 the five-county spin was completed and a phenomenal €25,000 in sponsorship was raised for the GAA’s five official charities: The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Asthma Society of Ireland, Breakthrough Cancer Research, Cystic Fibrosis Ireland, and Make A Wish Ireland.

 

The event was in keeping with the GAA's ‘Aims and Ethos’ outlined in the GAA Official Guide, as it sought to “promote community spirit” and act as a leading light to GAA clubs nationwide. The event needed to be fitness/health based, but also achievable and enjoyable from a social aspect. Event Organiser, Kevin Sexton said he “also wanted to strengthen staff relations, promote healthy activities and encourage camaraderie along the way”

 

€5000 was donated to each of the five charities by Ard Stiúrthóir, Mr. Páraic Duffy, who said the initiative showed a great a level of leadership and compassion on part of the GAA staff - that was very much in keeping with the GAA’s core values. He also acknowledged how important it is for the GAA to raise awareness for the official charities and expressed confidence in the staff committee to continue to work closely with them to achieve their goals going forward.

 

Kevin Sexton, who is also chairman of the GAA Sport and Recreational committee, outlined that there is a strong link between the GAA and its five official charities. Notably, that the charities fundamentally exist to help communities and people in need at large, and that - from a GAA perspective - community is the very heartbeat of the organization; where members well-being is paramount. It was therefore important that the GAA recognize the valuable work that the charities do on a daily basis, and how extremely important that work is  to our society as a whole.

 

To read more about the fantastic event click here 

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