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Skerries offer great Gift

SKERRIES RFC – Gift Of Life is celebrating its 10th year helping to raise funds for local charities.

The whole event started back in May 2004, when the initial fundraising event was organised around a testimonial match between Nicky McDonough and Billy Mulcahy.

All proceeds raised went to the Irish Kidney Association, from which one of the committee's members (Agnes Matthews) was on a waiting list to receive a kidney.



The fundraising event was such a success – with good will from all club members and friends – that the event raised €26,000 with all funds going to the Irish Kidney Association.

Subsequent years have seen fundraising events for Temple Street Children's Hospital, Meningitis Research, St Michael's Special Needs School in Skerries, the cystic fibrosis cause, St Francis Hospice, European Transplant and Dialysis Games, Skerries RFC/RNLI and Men Against Cancer.

This year is the 10th year of the Gift Of Life and we are delighted to be helping the charity Cycle Against Suicide, an organisation which is helping people speak out. The motto of the group is 'Shoulder to shoulder, we can break the cycle of suicide in Ireland!'

The initial goal was to raise €100,000 over 10 years. To date, €87,650 has been raised, so we have a goal of €12,350 to hit that target this weekend.

The events this weekend will start with a Junior Disco today.

Tomorrow sees a full afternoon of fun TIP rugby for all ages from 16 to 60, followed by a 30-minute charity TIP match which will feature Alan Quinlan, Bryan Cullen and many others including some Skerries legends.

Throughout the day there will be a barbecue and music and on Saturday night, there will be music with an open-mic night, with club members and local bands participating.



Sunday will see Skerries RFC members and friends take part in the last leg of the 14-day Cycle Against Suicide, which goes from Dundalk to Ardee and then Skerries.

Sunday night finishes with Noel's famous Fun Music Quiz in the Skerries RFC Clubhouse hosted by Noel Smith followed by a little music.

Any donations or support can be directed to Michael Matthews on 087-2520962 or Nicky McDonough on 086-6089551.