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Wednesday 22 October 2014

Squash champ to visit on fundraiser

Published 24/07/2012 | 10:53

CURRENT WORLD Transplant Games squash champion Deirdre Faul is to come to Wexford on Sunday next as part of a fundraising drive for Transplant Team Ireland and the Irish Kidney Association.

During this visit she will play in both Enniscorthy Squash Club at 11 a.m. and Carrig-on-Bannow Squash Club at 2 p.m.

In 2003 after a short period of illness which resulted in fulminant liver failure, Deirdre was lucky enough to receive the gift of life - a liver from an unknown donor.

This July it will be nine years since she received her transplant and she is marking the occasion, indeed celebrating it, by honouring her donor, touring Ireland playing squash on her self-titled 'Live Love Laugh Play Squash Tour of Ireland 2012'.

The tour will involve Deirdre playing approximately 44 squash clubs around Ireland in ten days, starting Saturday next and finishing on Monday, August 6.

The tour has the backing of Irish Squash, Leinster Squash, Munster Squash, Connacht Squash and Ulster Squash, with Deirdre starting in Naas before heading to Carlow, Wexford, Kilkenny and Cork, up to Limerick, Galway, Ballina across Ulster and back down into Dublin.

On tour she hopes to achieve a number of things: place organ donor cards in each of the clubs she visits; speak about organ donation and how worthwhile it is to make that life-saving decision; raise funds for Transplant Team Ireland towards the World Transplant Games 2013 and also the Irish Kidney Association; raise the profile of squash in Ireland by generating some publicity for the event in local media; meet fellow squash players talk about squash.

Deirdre will have four or five clubs to play per day so her schedule will be very tight.

She will play a match best of five games against a club member, hopefully of similar ability to herself. She expects to spend one to two hours in each club maximum.

There is also a second social element to her tour. Deirdre is asking club members to join her on her journey - select a sequence of clubs from the schedule and travel with her to play people within those clubs, connecting with others in their area and being part of the great squash community in Ireland.

'I think this will make the tour more interesting, keep my energy levels up and make it a social event for clubs to participate in during the summer,' Deirdre said.

'Idid something similar but on a much smaller scale to this last year and the players that travelled really enjoy the experience. I will be asking each of these travelling players and anybody they play in clubs to contribute a further €10 to the cause with no charge for juniors.'

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