A team of U14 camogie players from south west Donegal who qualified for the national Feile have a busy weekend of fundraising ahead.
After beating off stiff competition to reach Feile, the Four Masters U14 camogie players are working hard on the training field. But they must also raise money to fund the three-day competition in Kilkenny, Carlow and Wexford.
With this in mind, they begin their fundraising drive with a bag pack in Super Valu, Donegal Town on Saturday. Then on Sunday morning, they will take part in a sponsored walk after which there will be a cake sale in St Patrick’s Parish Centre, Donegal Town. The cake sale kicks off after 11.30 am Mass in St Patrick’s Church.
The girls have all stepped up their game and are focused on doing the very best they can in the competition. They are appealing to the local community to support their fundraising efforts, for which the girls and their families are also working very hard.
This is the first time a Four Master camogie team has qualified for Feile. Team manager Laurence Doherty is of course very proud.
“These are a fantastic bunch of girls and we are all delighted for them. They showed tremendous strength of character to come back and win against clubs that had beaten them in recent competition. They really deserve this.”
Feile is annual celebration of Gaelic games at underage level. Mr Doherty spoke about what it will mean for these girls to go to the event next month.
“They will make friends for life,” he said. “It is a family-friendly occasion and they will meet lots of other camogie teams from all over the country.”
Coach Danny Buckley agrees.
“It is a great celebration and a very memorable experience,” he said. “Indeed, many senior players including Donegal Gaelic Football manager Rory Gallagher say it is one of the best experiences of their career and one that stays with them for life.”
While at Feile, the squad of 24 girls will stay with host families. The funds they need to raise will go towards the required tracksuits, kitbags and bus hire for three days. All support for this brave and determined young team will be greatly appreciated.
The bag pack will run throughout Saturday, May 20 at Super Valu, Donegal Town. The walk and cake sale take place on Sunday 21 in St Patrick’s Parish Centre.
Other upcoming events include a quiz night, with details to follow in the next few weeks.
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