Fighting Blindness was announced as a GAA Charity of the Year for 2013 on April 2 last. Since the official announcement was made, we have been busy planning activities to coincide with our Charity of the Year status. We launched these activities at an exciting event in Croke Park on Tuesday, July 2, with guest of honour Páraic Duffy, GAA director general, in attendance. Players past and present, including Barney Rock (Dublin), Pat Fox (Tipperary), Eoghan O’Flaherty (Kildare), Aindreas Doyle (Wexford) and Sinead Finnegan (Dublin) were also in attendance to lend their support.
In addition to a financial contribution by the GAA, we welcome the partnership as a platform to highlight the growing numbers of people living with sight loss in Ireland and raise the profile of our ongoing work to cure blindness, support people living with sight loss and empower patients.
We are extremely grateful to the GAA for nominating us as one of their chosen charities for 2013, not alone for the generous donation, but also for the opportunity to raise awareness of the estimated 224,000 people affected by sight loss in Ireland. Fighting Blindness has funded more than 40 research projects over the last thirty years, investing €15 million into finding treatments and cures for blindness. In addition we continue to provide support to those currently affected by sight loss through our Insight Counselling Centre and our extensive advocacy and patient empowerment activities. Many flagship research projects are now reaching clinical trial stage, so, for the first time in history, treatments for sight loss are within our grasp. The GAA is a fantastic organisation who we are delighted to be working with and we are sincerely grateful for their support which brings us one step closer to finding a cure.
Páraic Duffy, GAA Ard-Stiúrthóir said, “The GAA has an active policy to support charities and I am aware of the excellent work that Fighting Blindness do. I am delighted to be here today to help launch the Fighting Blindness programme of activity and would like to wish them well for the coming year and beyond.”
At the launch, hosted by RTE’s Des Cahill, the programme of activity for the season was outlined. The current activities planned are:
• Fighting Blindness Sundays in Croke Park
• All Ireland Finals Ticket Draws
• FBD Kilmacud Crokes Football 7s Charity Game
• Gaelic Writers Association (GWA) Quiz
We would like to sincerely thank everyone who helped to organise the launch event in Croke Park and all those who attended and made the day such a success. A very special thank you to GAA Ard Stiúrthóir Paraic Duffy and RTE’s Des Cahill who spoke at the event and to our Fighting Blindness ambassadors Barney Rock, Pat Fox, Eoghan O’Flaherty, Aindreas Doyle and Sinead Finnegan who gave their time to help us on the day.
Fighting Blindness will have a major presence in and around Croke Park on two of the biggest match days of the year!
Sunday August 18, 2013
All-Ireland Senior Hurling Semi-Final
Sunday September 1, 2013
All-Ireland Senior Football Semi-Final
Details of activities on these days will follow shortly.
Tickets for our All-Ireland Final Draws are on sale now! There are four draws in total and four amazing prizes to be won.
Prize: Two premium level tickets to the All-Ireland Hurling Final
Prize: VIP package to the Hurling Final
The VIP prize package includes two premium level tickets to the hurling final, an overnight stay for two in The Gresham Hotel in Dublin and two tickets for Up For The Match.
Prize: Two premium level tickets to the All-Ireland Football Final
Prize: VIP package to the All-Ireland Football Final
The VIP prize package includes two premium level tickets to the football final, an overnight stay for two in The Gresham Hotel in Dublin and two tickets for Up For The Match.
To purchase tickets for any of the above draws, contact Michael Ryan on 01 709 30 50 or email@example.com.
We will also have a presence at the FBD Kilmacud Football 7’s on Saturday September 21, 2013. Details of the events will follow shortly.
The Gaelic Writers Association will host a quiz night in aid of Fighting Blindness in November.
More details will follow about all of the above events, but please contact Michael or Tony on 01 709 30 50 or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with any questions or to get involved in any of our activities.