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Monday 25 March 2019

McCauley €100k support for Wexford GAA wellness scheme

At the announcement of McCauley Pharmacy’s €100,000 sponsorship of the Wexford GAA Wellness programme are (from left) front, Michael Furlong, Wexford GAA Senior Football Captain; Geraldine Ramage, McCauley Group Superintendent Pharmacist; Davy Fitzgerald, Wexford Hurling Manager; and Matthew O’Hanlon, Wexford GAA Senior Hurling Captain. At back are Derek Kent, County GAA Chairman; and Tony McEntee, CEO, McCauley Pharmacy
At the announcement of McCauley Pharmacy’s €100,000 sponsorship of the Wexford GAA Wellness programme are (from left) front, Michael Furlong, Wexford GAA Senior Football Captain; Geraldine Ramage, McCauley Group Superintendent Pharmacist; Davy Fitzgerald, Wexford Hurling Manager; and Matthew O’Hanlon, Wexford GAA Senior Hurling Captain. At back are Derek Kent, County GAA Chairman; and Tony McEntee, CEO, McCauley Pharmacy

Maria Pepper

McCauley Health and Beauty Pharmacy has announced a €100,000 investment over three years for an exciting new Wexford GAA wellness programme.

The partnership coincides with the opening of two new McCauley stores in County Wexford, including an express pharmacy in Enniscorthy dedicated to medical services and a store in New Ross.

Members of the public are invited to attend the launch of the New Ross store from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. this Friday, March 8 by the Wexford hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald who will speak about the subject of health and wellness.

Wexford GAA Wellness is the first programme of its kind initiated by any sporting organisation in Ireland and will focus on physical, social and emotional well-being, inclusion and diversity, as well as life-long learning.

The initiative aims to tackle some of the biggest issues facing young people and the community and will be overseen by a dedicated Well-Being Coordinator in what is a unique appointment by the GAA or any sporting body in the country.

Commenting on the initiative, Tony McEntee, CEO of McCauley Pharmacy, said: 'We are proud to be supporting Wexford GAA Wellness. Wexford GAA need to be commended for the development of this innovative and groundbreaking youth wellness programme, the first county in Ireland to do so.'

'As a provider of healthcare in our communities we believe the programme will play a vital role in helping the people of Wexford, particularly youths, to understand the importance of physical and mental well-being, and promote inclusion and diversity within local communities.'

Chairman of Wexford GAA, Derek Kent said it is the leading organisation in promoting core community values as well as the physical, mental and social well-being of people in the county.

'We are committed to creating future leaders in sport, community and business life by engaging, educating, and connecting, difficult to reach target audiences across Wexford, including young people, new Irish populations, those with special needs, and older men', he said.

'Wexford GAA Wellness is yet another example of how we as an organisation are working to combat the issues facing local communities. We are delighted to have the support of the McCauley brand behind this initiative and feel it is a perfect fit for us'.

It is hoped that alongside the ongoing Hurling 365 campaign, the initiative will enable Wexford GAA to reach more than 5,500 primary and secondary school children.

In order to maximise the positive impact of the scheme, training will also be offered to older fans who are overweight or at the risk of obesity.

Data suggests that over 30% of children in Wexford schools come from families of non-Irish nationalities and in this regard, the initiative aims to promote inclusivity and diversity to bolster harmony in the local community.

Additionally, activities will be tailored to suit people who may have learning or physical disabilities to ensure their participation.

A vital element of the programme will be education, with Wexford GAA offering leadership courses, athletic development advice and nutritional information to first year pupils in local post primary schools. A series of events will also be offered to the community, including a 5k Family run, a player welfare seminar and a family fun day.

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