GOAL seeks Christmas Mile organisers

GOAL is calling on people from all over Kilkenny to step up to the mark and organise a ‘GOAL Mile’ in their area this Christmas.

GOAL is calling on people from all over Kilkenny to step up to the mark and organise a ‘GOAL Mile’ in their area this Christmas.

Last year, Kilkenny Miles were held at the Mullinavat GAA club, St Joseph’s athletic track in Rosbercon and on Market Street in Thomastown. GOAL is keen to confirm even more venues and dates for this year, and ensure that as many people as possible have the opportunity to join in the fun across Kilkenny over the festive period.

A record 110 Miles were staged in cities, towns and villages all over Ireland last Christmas, proving once again that the event is one of the country’s most popular annual fundraisers.

As usual, people are asked to walk or run a mile in their area and contribute whatever they can to GOAL on the day. It’s suitable for people of all ages, and fitness levels, and organising a Mile couldn’t be more simple.

“If anyone out there is thinking about putting on a Mile in their area, then the first thing they should do is get in touch with the GOAL fundraising team at our head office,” said GOAL’s head of fundraising and marketing, Lisa O’Shea.

“Our team here will provide them with all the help and advice they need, and we will even post them out a starter pack with everything they require to stage a successful event.”

First established in 1982 by the late GOAL chairman and international athlete Noel Carroll, the event has grown over the past 31 years, with Miles now even being held overseas in Britain and the United States.

Tens of thousands of people took part last year, raising more than €200,000 for GOAL’s humanitarian programmes. GOAL is currently working in 12 countries, including South Sudan, where they are helping to provide clean water, food and shelter to some of the many people who have fled violence to refugee camps.

If you would like to organise a GOAL Mile in your area, please contact Karen in GOAL by telephoning 01-2809779 or by emailing koshea@goal.ie. For information on GOAL, visit www.goal.ie.