A COMMUNITY fun day, organised by a group established in memory of a young Swords man who died by suicide, has helped drum up funds for a number of charitable organisations.
The Alan Leetch Memorial Fund organised the event at Fingallians GAA Grounds, which was followed by a fundraising event, during National Suicide Awareness week. On March 25, Alan Leetch, known fondly as Screech to many in Swords and beyond, died tragically. With a gift of the gab, Alan was known to his friends and family as a charismatic and outgoing guy with a great sense of humour The fund was formed by a group of Alan's close friends and family in the wake of his death earlier this year with the aim of raising much needed funds for local and national charities which work to prevent suicide and create awareness of this growing problem in Ireland.
The fun day included children's carnival games, bouncing castles, a cake sale, BBQ, petting farm and 5 a-side soccer tournament. The fun day concluded with a GAA reunion match. The evening fundraiser consisted of a raffle, auction, bingo and race night. The fun day culminated with a GAA reunion match with many of Alan's team mates from his childhood Fingallians team reuniting to play against a Fingal Ravens team from the same era. The funds raised, which is in the region of €40,000, will be used to support four charities which the committee has selected; Pieta House, Console, Irish Men's Group and the Fingal Suicide Bereavement Support Service. The money will be handed over to the four charities in mid- October.