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Limerick Hockey star Roisin Upton joins GOAL Mile to encourage others to take part

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Limerick Hockey star Roisin Upton joins GOAL Mile to encourage others to take part

By I Love Limerick Correspondent Ann Mc Donald

roisin upton joins goal mile In 2019, Roisin traveled to the Machinga District in Malawi with fellow ambassadors Sinéad Aherne and Jenny Murphy to visit GOAL’s Irish Aid funded projects to see their projects in action.

In 2019, Roisin traveled to the Machinga District in Malawi with fellow ambassadors Sinéad Aherne and Jenny Murphy to visit GOAL’s Irish Aid funded projects to see their projects in action.

Limerick’s hockey star Roisin Upton joins GOAL Mile alongside former Irish rugby international Luke Fitzgerald, Olympian Ciara Mageen, and former inter-county manager and player Stephen Rochford to encourage communities all around Ireland to take part in the GOAL Mile this Christmas season. 

Taking to Twitter, the hockey star has said that she’s, “Proud to be an ambassador for the GOAL Mile.”Over the past 40 years, GOAL Mile, proudly supported by AIB, has tens of thousands of people run or walk a mile to raise funds for GOAL. The GOAL Mile is a tradition for thousands of families across Ireland and helps out an amazing cause.

GOAL CEO Siobhan Walsh explained, “Hundreds of communities across Ireland already know and love the GOAL Mile. They show incredible compassion for communities in need across the world that this event supports. GOAL helped more than 14 million people in Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America last year. We could not have achieved this without the continued support of the Irish people.”

While the event was virtual last year, this year it is taking on a hybrid form with both real-life and virtual events taking place. 

There are many ways for people to take part in the GOAL Mile, whether it be joining one of the +150 GOAL Mile events or registering with GOAL and completing a mile in any place at any time during December. 

In Limerick, there are four GOAL MIle events – 11am at the University of Limerick Athletic Track on Friday, December 25, 12 noon at Ballybrown Community Resource Centre on Friday, December 25, 12 noon at the Crecora GAA Pitch on December 25 and 11.30am at Fedamore GAA Grounds on Friday, December 25. 

AIB has installed a number of start lines across the country as well as encouraging its own staff to join in. 

AIB CEO Colin Hunt said, “The GOAL Mile, which is already a well-established event in many of the communities that we serve, helps transform the lives of the world’s most vulnerable people.

“This year we are committed to working with GOAL to make it the biggest GOAL Mile yet, and are asking the people across the island of Ireland to step up together to complete a mile for GOAL.”

GOAL aims to increase the resilient wellbeing of the world’s poorest people and focuses on those who are excluded or marginalised, particularly those who are vulnerable due to socio-economic status, gender, or age.

The purpose of GOAL is to save lives and empower communities to develop resilience and greater control over their lives and livelihoods. They work with the most vulnerable communities in the world to help them respond to and recover from humanitarian crises, and to help them create solutions to mitigate poverty and vulnerability. 

For more information and to sign up for the GOAL Mile go HERE 

For more stories about Roisin Upton go HERE 

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the ilovelimerick.com concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.

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