Paulstown man Dermot Moloney, co-organised and played in a 53 hour competitive match with a final scoreline of 695-601 to raise funds for Barnardos, Irish Cancer Society and St. Vincent de Paul, the three Irish charities supported under Sodexo’s global Stop Hunger campaign.
Dermot, who is business manager for Sodexo at Allianz in Dublin said: “We had to play competitively throughout because that’s a key requirement and believe me, that was pretty tough going in the early hours of the morning after 40-odd hours on your feet! We’re over the moon at the result and a huge vote of thanks, not only to the players who put in so much effort, but for the overwhelming support from dozens of work colleagues who travelled from all over the country to lend a hand. It would be the icing on the cake if we hit our final goal of €20,000 for the three charities.”
€18,000 has been raised to date and any donations to help them reach their goal of €20,000 would be greatly appreciated and can be made at http://www.mycharity.ie/event/sodexo_soccer_world_record/.
The match was played from 21-23 June 2013 at the Nagle Rice Sports Complex in Portlaoise and has now been verified by Guinness World Records following a detailed submission of supporting evidence in print and on DVD. The Sodexo Ireland teams beat the existing Guinness World Record of 43 hours by a comfortable margin, despite two players from the 16 strong squad dropping out due to injury early on.
Margot Slattery, managing director of Sodexo Ireland, said: “It is a fantastic achievement by all concerned and let’s hope the record stands for a very long time to come! On behalf of the company, my sincere thanks most of all to the players for their heroic efforts as well as to all the staff volunteers, family and friends who supported them during the past few months in this extremely gruelling challenge for three very worthwhile charities.”
Sodexo Ireland is a leading provider of food and facilities management services to clients in business and industry, education, financial services and healthcare. It employs approximately 1,800 people in 180 locations on the island of Ireland.