NEW Munster manager Anthony Foley, FAI CEO John Delaney, RTE commentator Marty Morrissey and Willie O’Dea, TD, are among the high-profile names taking part in a Charity Soccer match in Limerick next Friday, March 14.
The event, which is being held in Jackman Park, is in aid of Pieta House, the centre for the prevention of self harm or suicide. The event is being organised by the well-known local fitness guru Blue Shinners along with Anthony Foley and is expected to attract a large crowd to the Limerick soccer venue.
“Unfortunately suicide has touched all our lives in some form or other,” said Shinners. “Pieta House provides a brilliant service to people in distress and it’s our aim to support this service with this fundraiser.
“It costs Pieta House €1000 to save a life and 90% of this life-saving money comes from fundraising events like this and there is a heavy reliance on the support and encouragement of volunteers.
“We are looking for as many people as possible to support this event by attending the game, buying programmes etc.”
Entry to the game is €5 for adults while children are free. There will be a raffle on the night for Munster signed jerseys and Limerick FC jerseys. The game kicks off at 7.15pm.
“We’re very grateful to all our sponsors,” added Shinners.
“The local hotels have been very generous and so have Umbro and the local LDMC who own Jackman Park.”
Other celebrities committed to taking part are pro boxer Willie Casey, former Munster rugby players Marcus Horan, Mick Galwey, Peter Clohessy, Anthony Horgan and Mick O’Driscoll, former Leinster hooker Shane Byrne, former Limerick hurler Niall Moran, TV personality Brian Ormond and comedian Jon Kenny.
“There will be entertainment on the night and it promises to be a really good occasion,” said Shinners.
Since opening in 2006, Pieta House now has a staff of 80 with centres based in Dublin, Limerick, Tipperary, Galway and Cork. The demands on their services are on the rise and last year, Pieta House helped more than 3,000 people. That number is expected to increase in 2014.