Sports extravaganza fundraiser organised in memory of tragic teacher Alan Feeley
Published 31/01/2014 | 16:37
A big sports event has been organised in memory of teacher Alan Feeley, who suffered a fatal brain haemorrhage in November.
'Alan's Sports Extravaganza' is set to take place on Saturday 2nd August at the University of Limerick and aims to raise both awareness and funds for organ donation and to remind people of the importance of physical activity.
Mr Feeley (28) carried an organ donor card and helped save the lives of others because of this.
Today would have been Alan's birthday, so his brother Liam Feeley decided it was the most appropriate day to launch the extravaganza.
"It's a hard day, but something like this helps and if we can promote that message Alan left, which is the the message of carry a donor card, then we feel we've done something good. If that message goes to 10 people or 1,000 people, we've done our jobs," he said.
"In the weeks after Alan's death, we realised we wanted to do something and not just sit around and mourn."
The event will take place from 10am to 6pm and will include a tag rugby tournament that people can apply for as well as other events, demonstrations and classes which will promote physical activity for all shapes and sizes.
That evening, there will be a 'Slick and Stylish' Ball in the South Court Hotel with live music and a DJ.
All profit from the event will be donated to charities such as the Irish Kidney Association. Organisers are also hoping set up an Alan Feely Trust which may help local educational institutions and transplant athletes.
Soon after his death, school principal Eilis Casey paid tribute to the popular teacher.
"He was without doubt an inspirational young man, hardworking, a fabulous teacher and excellent athlete and sportsman," she said.
For more information, to book tickets and to register for the tag rugby tournament, visit alanfeeley.com.