The Crossakiel handball club have organised a special 24-hour handball marathon event in aid of "Tom's Walking Wish" fundraiser. The club which will celebrate its own centenary in four year's time have risen up to the challenge to raise funds for the Crossakiel youngster.
Club Chairman Steven Quinn outlined where the idea for the marathon came about. "The initial idea came from a meeting in the local Kilskyre Hall where all local organisations were asked to come up some ideas for a fundraiser. From a club's prospective the idea of a twenty-four handball/racquetball marathon came to mind whereby the ball would continually roll for 24 hours."
According to the Club Chairman approximately a hundred players have already signed up and for the last hour a special 60 x 30 doubles exhibition will take place which will undoubtably whet the appetite for all handball gaels. Four of the most accomplished exponents of the big alley game Gary McConnell, Brian Carroll, Tom Sheridan all from the Kells club will be joined by reigning All-Ireland senior 60 x 30 singles champion in Mullingar's Robbie McCarthy look set to bring the curtain down on a fitting finale (from 1-2 pm on Sunday May 8th) on what is already predicated to be a hugely successful fundraiser. All players will receive a special edition armband.
The entire local community have come on board showing the great community spirit that exists in Crossakiel.
The Chairman acknowledges the support from all the local businesses and thanked "all the local volunteers who will be working throughout the marathon thus ensuring the smooth running of the event. "Local community involvement and participation is important when it comes to assisting and helping out a family in time of need. The club have received great local community support and throughout the county. So far and wide it's a great outcome."
"Furthermore our doors are always open for events and activities like this. To participate in this worthy event to put our hand out there in time of need is great. The club will hopefully get a little bit of acknowledgment from it and maybe some new members from it after the event. It's not just going to be for twenty four hours and then that's it. And maybe some people will know what handball is, how it's played and the actual camaraderie around it," enthused the Club Chairman.
The event starts at 2 pm on Saturday May 7th and runs until 2 pm the following day and everyone is welcome.