Roisin Upton joins GOAL Mile as an ambassador to encourage others to take part this December. Picture: INPHO/Dan Sheridan
Limerick Hockey star Roisin Upton joins GOAL Mile to encourage others to take part
By I Love Limerick Correspondent Ann Mc Donald
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.
A mile is just 2,000 steps. 👣
When I went to Malawi with @GOAL_Global we met women & girls that walked on average 6,000 steps a day just to fetch water for their communities. 🪣
— Róisín Upton (@roisinupton) December 14, 2021
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