Together to Support was set up by former Munster and Ireland rugby player Peter Clohessy, his daughter Jane and businessman Liam Carew to support women in sport.
Together to Support is an exciting new initiative to support women in sport
By I Love Limerick Correspondent Ann Mc Donald
Together to Support is an amazing new non-profit organisation set up by former Munster and Ireland rugby player and Limerick man Peter Clohessy, his daughter Jane Clohessy, and businessman Liam Carew, in partnership with HerSport to support women in sport.
The aim of Together to Support is to involve the local community and local businesses to help provide much-needed funding to all women in sports through a voucher scheme.
Speaking to I Love Limerick, Jane said, “With everything that was going on since the 2020 ‘Wear Your Stripes’ campaign for promoting women in sport, and also everything in the media this year about the gaps between male and female sports with regards to recognition, participation, and certain situations, we wanted to see how we as a sportswoman or father or brother could help make a change to this lack of recognition.
“From there we began to develop the plan for the project which ended us up in going into partnership with HerSport, another fantastic platform for promoting women in sport and all the news and details that comes with it. We have since started to launch across Limerick, Cork, Galway, and Dublin with hopes of eventually catching nationwide attention with this great system.”
Businesses can donate a minimum of one voucher a month to the value of €30, and the voucher can then be bought on the Together to Support website for €22.50, saving the customer €7.50.
Customers will then be sent a unique code via email to redeem their voucher.
The €22.50 goes directly into a fund for women in sports in that county where a committee of part and present sportswomen will delegate the funds at the end of the month to any clubs that have sent in an application to Together to Support.
“We hope that providing a way of generating more funds to the sportswomen of Ireland and their clubs will help them advance and progress in any way they need, starting at the grassroots level. On a small scale, we hope to help local clubs by providing much-needed funding be it for sets of jerseys, helping a player’s injury/surgery costs, transport/team buses for matches, or simply for helping pay the cost of the grounds/gym that they need to use in order to train. While all of this is going on, we hope that the local businesses will get more continuous business and support from the local community and sportswomen for their generous monthly donations,” Jane explained.
Businesses will receive a decal for their window along with the Together to Support logo for their businesses materials to show that they support women in sport and the businesses will be advertised on the Together for Support website 22,000 times a month and on their social media platforms.
“The reception so far has been fantastic, getting some well-known sportspeople onboard supporting women in sport, such as ex-rugby player Ronan O’Gara, jockey Ruby Walsh, international basketball player Edel Thornton, Irish soccer player Saoirse Noonan and many more which can be seen in a video on our Instagram account @togethertosupport,” Jane said.
“We have many well-known Limerick businesses signed up and we’re only getting started! Some favorites such as city-center locations Bella Italia, Eternal Beauty Salons, The Locke Bar & Restaurant, Locke Burger, Clohessy’s Bar, and some county locations such as Spar Murroe, The Velvet Rooms Castleconnell and Kilmurry Lodge Hotel in Castletroy.
“There are also some non-retail businesses on board who are kindly donating money rather than vouchers monthly to our cause, those being Q3 Security Group, Advanced Space Providers, and Maher Construction. We are definitely going onwards and upwards with getting more and more businesses onboard which is just superb because without them we couldn’t make this happen.”
The platform is first launching across Limerick, Galway, Cork and Dublin, so make sure to keep an eye on the Together to Support social medias for more information!
For more about Together to Support go HERE
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