AN INITIATIVE FROM CLG Bord Inis Eoghain concluded with an excellent donation to the Childhood Cancer Foundation.
Although Buncrana and Naomh Padraig Uisce Chaoin were presented with the silverware at the recent Donegal Animal Hospital sponsored Under-9 and Under-11 Finals held at The Scarvey in Buncrana, the real winners were the Childhood Cancer Foundation who were delighted when local representative Maura Toner was presented with a cheque for €1,320 the total proceeds collected on the night via donations and also a specially organised raffle.
Photo caption: Award winners Billy Kelly and Patrick Hirrell, Donncha Roarty and Ciaran Kennedy pictured with Maura Toner, Emer and Bronagh McKinney of CCF and Gerald Roarty Donegal Animal Hospital Sponsors and Gerard Callaghan
All went very smoothly and proved very enjoyable for almost two hundred kids, with a total of ten clubs, including St Eunans, Naomh Colmcille, Doire Colmcille and Steelstown Brian Ogs joining six Inishowen clubs to participate in two new tournaments, which ran concurrently over an eight-week period.
In a gala finals night played under floodlights before a huge crowd, young Billy Kelly had the honour of lifting the cup for the Buncrana boys as they defeated a gallant Steelstown Brian Ogs in a keenly contested Under-9 Final, while Donncha Roarty, captain of the Derry boys deservedly picked up the Man of the Match Award.
The Under-11 Final was another superb game of football, with Naomh Padraig Uisce Chaoin, captained by Patrick Hirrell picking up the silverware as they got the better of the impressive Naomh Colmcille. There was some consolation for the Newtown boys when Ciaran Kennedy picked up the Man of the Match Award in this age group.
Childhood Cancer Foundation comprises volunteer parents and family members whose children are currently in treatment for or in remission from various childhood cancers.
Through the generosity of our donors and work of our volunteers we are funding play services on St John’s paediatric cancer day unit at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin.
The Charity is also funding a medical research project in the hospital, which investigates the benefits of complementary therapies for children receiving treatment for cancer.
We will also be funding the roll out of the internationally recognised Beads of Courage™ which is an arts in medicine programme provided to children with cancer in many paediatric hospitals in the US, Canada, the UK, Australia and other countries which helps them to understand and cope with their cancer diagnosis.
We will continue to run awareness campaigns including Light It Up Gold and to promote the recognition of the gold ribbon as the symbol of childhood cancer. We are advocating for the development of peer-to-peer support for parents and improved services for children with cancer and their families in the New National Cancer Strategy.Tags: