GAA Stars Support Hurling for Hope fundraiser in aid of Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation & Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association


A group of friends, players, mentors, and teammates from Ballyhaunis GAA Club in Mayo,
have come together and organised a unique fundraising event to support two charities, the
Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation, and the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Launched at Croke Park, by Jacqui Hurley RTE Sport, Keith Higgins, former Mayo
footballer and Tom Parsons CEO GPA, the Hurling for Hope fundraiser will also see Keith
along with clubmates “solo” a hurling ball from the Mayo Roscommon Hospice in Castlebar
via Claremorris, Ballyhaunis and Castlerea and finish at the Mayo Roscommon Hospice in
Roscommon, covering a distance of 100kms.

The players will be joined by a myriad of
current and past GAA players along the route. The event will take place over four days
commencing on Wednesday 23rdMarch and finishing on Saturday 26th March.
Martina Jennings Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation CEO said:
“We are so delighted that Frank Browne and the huge team involved have chosen us
as one of the benefitting charities, for this unique and challenging fundraiser. 2021
saw the Foundation launch our specialist palliative care unit in Roscommon, the
second unit to be launched in 3 years and this was made possible from incredible
fundraisers just like Hurling for Hope. As we continue to fund palliative care services
in our community and hospices, we encourage everyone to get out and support this
fantastic group along their journey and we are so grateful to all the organisers.”
Lillian McGovern, CEO of IMNDA said.

“Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association is delighted to be one of the chosen
charities by the Hurling for Hope campaign. This imaginative event is going to create
great awareness of Motor Neurone Disease in the major towns throughout Mayo
and Roscommon. The services provided by the IMNDA will benefit greatly from this
fundraiser and will allow us to deliver the vital services to families that have been
affected by MND. We are a small organisation and we rely heavily on fundraising &
donations from events like these. We would like to take this opportunity to thank
everyone involved in Hurling for Hope and wish them all the success with their
fundraising endeavours.”

Jacqui Hurley, RTE Sport said.
“I’m delighted to be involved in this amazing fundraising initiative, supporting two
great charities. I think the last 2 years have shown us just how much events like this
can lift community spirit. I’m sure the lads will knock a bit of craic out of the journey
along the way too and I’m looking forward to following their progress.”

Keith Higgins. 4 Time All Star said. “On behalf of the Hurling for Hope group, we are delighted
to be undertaking thischallenge on behalf of both the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association and
the Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation. Our aim is to raise awareness and some
much-needed funds for these two fantastic charities which are close to all our
We hope that as many people as possible cab come out and support us along the
journey and even solo a few miles.”

Tom Parsons. CEO Gaelic Players said.
“Players are leaders and role models within their communities so it’s no surprise to
se many of them backing the Hurling for Hope campaign, I would like to wish all
involved the very best of luck as they raise funds for two such worthy causes”.

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