Clara stars pitch in for 'Drink Tea for MND'

Clara stars pitch in for 'Drink Tea for MND'

Two of Clara’s senior county champions recently showed they are just as handy with a teapot as they are with a hurl.

John Phelan and Dermot Nolan swapped the training ground at the club for the clubhouse for the ‘Drink Tea for MND’ (Motor Neuron Disease) fundraiser organised by club chairperson, Carmel Brennan, and her fiancée, PJ Kenny who recently lost a brother to the disease.

“PJ’s brother, Lar, was just 50 when he died from Motor Neuron Disease earlier this year,” said Carmel.

“We clubbed together with the support of Clara GAA to organise this fundraiser in his memory and are most thankful to the droves who turned up and supported the event.

“Money is still coming in but we hope to surpass our target tally of €500. We are very thankful to everyone who supported the event, who baked and helped out in any way.”

Carmel sid they were particularly thankful to John Phelan and Dermot Nolan, who were exceptional hosts on the night.

“If they ever plan to hang up their hurling boots, they showed us on the night that they definitely have a future in the hospitality sector,” she quipped.

There was a great atmosphere in the clubrooms on the evening with many people dropping in for a cup of tea, a chat and a bit of banter.

“It was a great success raising €485 for the Motor Neuron Disease Association,” said Carmel.

“The MNDA relies heavily on fundraising as only 14% of their funds come from government funding, the rest from fundraising events like our drink tea for MND and over 80% of funds raised go directly to provides services for people with motor neuron disease.”