Kerry GAA and Down syndrome Kerry have unveiled a new charity partnership which will see Kerry GAA donate a percentage of proceeds from ticket sales for the Win A House in Killarney draw to the Kerry charity.
On the night a small number of children were invited to the outdoor event at Austin Stack Park where they got to meet Kerry footballers David Moran and Paul Murphy as well as Kerry hurlers Mikey Boyle and Killian Trant who took time for a quick kick and puck around under lights at the popular Tralee venue.
Speaking on behalf of Kerry Down syndrome (DSK) Maurice Horan chairperson of DSK said he was delighted that DSK were chosen as Kerry GAA’s new charity partner and said it was a natural partnership.
“We are delighted to be involved. It is a great boast for our association. It will be able to help so many serves that we provide, and we need funds to do that. Kerry GAA have very generously asked us to be involved”
Down syndrome Kerry is a parent led voluntary organisation with a membership base of over 230 families spread throughout County Kerry and into parts of Cork and Limerick.
The money raised will help provide speech therapy, occupational therapy as well as social and educational activities for its members.
Once such family that are extremely grateful of the services is the Trant family. Kerry hurler Killian Trant is first to admit that the biggest Kerry fan in the house is his sister Grainne with Down syndrome.
“My sister Grainne is 12 years of age and is inside in School in Tralee and it’s a cause that definitely hits close to home. It is nice to see the county board recognising Down syndrome Kerry as the funds raised will be of a huge benefit for them to continue to provide the great services that they provide to both Down syndrome and the additional support to their families.”
Chairperson of the Win a House fundraising campaign Pat O’Sullivan said It was very important that the GAA in Kerry gives something back to the community.
“We are delighted to have Down syndrome Kerry on board and hopefully we can help them with additional funds that are vital for them to help provide their serves to over 230 families throughout
Kerry. Many of our members in the GAA has somebody with Down syndrome within their families and it’s great that we can recognise them too as the great supporters to Kerry that they are”
You can still enter the Win a House in Killarney draw for Kerry GAA by visiting the www. winahousewithkerrygaa.ie, by asking your local club, or call into the Kerry GAA Store. The draw will take place for the brand new three-bedroom house in Killarney in April 2022,
Tickets are available at €100 each and feature a wide range of bonus draws and any tickets bought will also see you supporting Down syndrome Kerry