Fighting Blindness – GAA Charity of the Year 2013!
Fighting Blindness was announced as a GAA Charity of the Year for 2013 on April 2 last. Since the official announcement was made, we have been busy planning activities to coincide with our Charity of the Year status. We launched these activities at an exciting event in Croke Park on Tuesday, July 2, with guest of honour Páraic Duffy, GAA director general, in attendance.
Players past and present, including Barney Rock (Dublin), Pat Fox (Tipperary), Eoghan O’Flaherty (Kildare), Aindreas Doyle (Wexford) and Sinead Finnegan (Dublin) were also in attendance to lend their support.
In addition to a financial contribution by the GAA, we welcome the partnership as a platform to highlight the growing numbers of people living with sight loss in Ireland and raise the profile of our ongoing work to cure blindness, support people living with sight loss and empower patients.
We are extremely grateful to the GAA for nominating us as one of their chosen charities for 2013, not alone for the generous donation, but also for the opportunity to raise awareness of the estimated 224,000 people affected by sight loss in Ireland. Fighting Blindness has funded more than 70 research projects over the last thirty years, investing over €15 million into finding treatments and cures for blindness. In addition we continue to provide support to those currently affected by sight loss through our Insight Counselling Centre and our extensive advocacy and patient empowerment activities. Many flagship research projects are now reaching clinical trial stage, so, for the first time in history, treatments for sight loss are within our grasp. The GAA is a fantastic organisation who we are delighted to be working with and we are sincerely grateful for their support which brings us one step closer to finding a cure.
Páraic Duffy, GAA Ard-Stiúrthóir (pictured left) said, “The GAA has an active policy to support charities and I am aware of the excellent work that Fighting Blindness do. I am delighted to be here today to help launch the Fighting Blindness programme of activity and would like to wish them well for the coming year and beyond.”
At the launch, hosted by RTE’s Des Cahill, the programme of activity for the season was outlined, this included;
• Fighting Blindness Sundays in Croke Park
• All Ireland Finals Ticket Draws
• FBD Kilmacud Crokes Football 7s Charity Game
• Gaelic Writers Association (GWA) events
We would like to sincerely thank everyone who helped to organise the launch event in Croke Park and all those who attended and made the day such a success. A very special thank you to GAA Ard Stiúrthóir Paraic Duffy and RTE’s Des Cahill who spoke at the event and to our Fighting Blindness ambassadors Barney Rock, Pat Fox, Eoghan O’Flaherty, Aindreas Doyle and Sinead Finnegan who gave their time to help us on the day.
Please click here to listen to the interview recorded by Des Cahill with Fighting Blindness member Peter Ryan on the day of the launch.
GWA v GAA Charity Football Match
The Gaelic Writers Association took on Croke Park staff in the annual GWA v GAA charity football match on Monday evening, July 15 in Croke Park.
The match saw the top talents of both the GWA and GAA go head to head in this annual battle. It was a tough match but in the end the Croke Park staff had a hard fought win with a final scoreline of 4-9 to 2-8.
A massive thank you to everyone involved in the match, both players and organisers. We hope you all enjoyed it and we really appreciate you donating the proceeds raised to Fighting Blindness, thank you!