Monday 21 October 2019

Mallow set to host charity floorball competition

Special Olympics Munster and Cliona's Foundation set to benefit from fundraiser

Bill Browne

The call has gone out for teams to take part in an All-Star Floorball fundraising competition in aid of two charities taking place in the Mallow Youth Club on Saturday, June 1.

Hosted by Munster Labels, the event is hoping to raise more than €30,000, which will be divided up between Munster Special Olympics and Cliona's Foundation. 

An indoor team sport floorball is played in a rink by teams comprised on five players and goalkeeper using plastic stick and a light ball and is similar in style to Ice hockey - but with out the ice. 

Popular in the US and on the continent, it is also one of the latest sports to be added to the Special Olympics programme. 

Geraldine Buckley of Munster Labels, who is also a co-ordinator with Special Olympics Ireland, said the two charities that will benefit from the fundraiser provide much needed support to families and individuals within the local community. 

"There were some great achievements by Irish athletes in the recent Special Olympics Summer Games in Abu Dhabi, with many of these coming from the Munster region. Now we are beginning preparations for the next big event and as Munster Olympics runs on fundraising events and donations, support for events such as this are vitally important," said Geraldine. 

Pat Whelan of Munster Labels explained that Cliona's Foundation was set up by Brendan and Terry Ring following the death of their 16-year-old daughter Cliona in 2006 from and inoperable brain tumour. 

"Over the years, as Cliona underwent numerous different hospital treatments, Brendan and Terry were struck by the amount of families facing enormous financial hardship and left on the brink of financial free-fall by non-medical expenses piling up," said Pat. 

He said Brendan and Terry saw at first hand the enormous toll these expenses had on families who were already struggling to cope with the nightmare of having a seriously ill child and decided to set up the Foundation in honour of their daughter.

"The Foundation provides financial assistance to the families of children with life-limiting or chronic complex care needs to help with non-medical expenses. It too relies on fundraising and donations to continue its fantastic work," said Pat. 

"These two charities are very dear to Munster labels as they both have a personal story to, so we would appreciate any support that people can give us for this fundraising event." 

Organisers are hoping to field 20 teams on the day, with each team member collecting €150 in sponsorship and one company sponsorship worth a minimum of €75. They are also hoping that local businesses will come on board to sponsor teams and officials.

For more details, to register a team and get sponsorship cards contact Munster Labels on 022 22507.