Aughawillan to host Simon penalty challenge

On Tuesday, July 24, a unique all Ireland challenge will be undertaken by 7 members of the GAA Club Tyrone Gales where they will attempt to take a penalty kick in all 32 Counties in 4 days.

On Tuesday, July 24, a unique all Ireland challenge will be undertaken by 7 members of the GAA Club Tyrone Gales where they will attempt to take a penalty kick in all 32 Counties in 4 days.

‘32-32- 32’ is a distinctive fundraising initiative in aid of the Simon Communities throughout Ireland. The organisers of the ‘32-32-32’ challenge are asking every GAA club in Ireland to donate €32 which will go directly to the Simon Community.

It is hoped this fundraising challenge will raise at least €80,000. The challenge was inspired by legendary keeper ‘Oz’ McCallan. A bus driver by occupation, he is a household name in Tyrone GAA, having won a record equalling six O’Neill Cup medals.

The former Carrickmore forward, said “The current climate has seen the numbers of people losing their homes reach an all time high. The GAA is renowned for its generosity towards worthy causes and this is a huge problem on our doorstep.

“It is not just an urban problem of sleeping rough in the big towns and cities but homelessness also impacts rural areas throughout the 32 counties. Through our initiative, we also want to raise the profile of the work of the Simon Community throughout Ireland. “We are also looking forward to going on the road and meeting club men and woman throughout the 32 counties. Oz will be in goals and I will take the penalties. That is a challenge I am up too!”

Mary McKeon, Development Officer for The North West Simon Community says, “This is a fantastic idea; the team behind it have a real passion for GAA and drive to make it work and help make a difference. The Simon Community is there for people 365 days a year and a lot of the work goes unseen and unnoticed by many.

“The fundraising efforts of the public help ensure that we can deliver services to the people who need them most. I would like to wish everyone involved in ‘32-32-32’ the best of luck with their marathon penalty plans”

The Simon Communities provide a range of effective services throughout the island of Ireland from emergency accommodation and soup runs through tenancy sustainment and long term supported housing in the North West.

The penalty kick out for Co. Leitrim is at Aughawillan on Friday, July 27, at 2.30 and North West Simon urge you to come along and donations will be kindly accepted on the day.

The organisers of 32-32-32 are asking every GAA club in Co. Leitrim to donate €32 – you can donate on line at www.32-32-32.com or post your cheque to The Simon Communities of Ireland, St. Andrews House, 28-30 Exchequer St, Dublin 2 and please help this worthy cause.

For more information, including the dates, route, clubs participating and how to donate, go to the website: www.32-32-32.com. Contact for Leitrim is Mary McKeon, Development Officer, North West Simon Community, 087 7708865.