The pride of Roscommon club football — Pádraig Pearses — have set up a GoFundMe fundraising page ahead of their All-Ireland semi-final against Kilmacud Crokes at the end of the month.
Following last Sunday’s stunning 1-13 to 1-11 victory against Knockmore in Ballina, which procured Connacht club glory for the first time in the club’s history, the difficulty in bringing people together to host a fundraiser under the current public health guidelines has promoted the club’s fundraising committee to take an alternative route to raise some money and help defray some of the costs as a result of the club’s historic successes in recent months.
“Dreams do come true,” declared the club on the GoFundMe page.
“Padraig Pearses senior footballers, county and Connacht champions has a real nice ring to it! Massive credit and congratulations to the players and management on this historic achievement.
“We are not finished yet and have an All-Ireland semi-final versus Kilmacud Crokes on Saturday, January 29th. As you can imagine, this wonderful achievement comes at a cost to the club, on top of the financial challenges to continue to invest in all our teams and improve our facilities.
“Due to the current pandemic, it is extremely challenging to hold fundraising events especially with the constraints of bringing people together.
“We would appreciate it so much if you could help us by making a donation towards the senior footballers.
“We are really thankful again for all your ongoing support.
“We look forward to bringing more success to the club and seeing you all on January 29th to cheer on our heroes.”
The club has set a target of raising €8,000, with over €3,200 of that amount raised on Friday morning.
Details of the club’s GoFundMe page are https://gofund.me/c0ae7ae8