The National Football Exhibition teamed up with the local charity to give back to the local community in Donegal
The National Football Exhibition has hosted events in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland (Sligo), Pieta House (Cork), Gateway to Education (Limerick) and Waterford Autism Sport and Social Action (Waterford) to help raise funds and awareness of their work.
Donegal is the fifth of seven regional venues and the Exhibition tested the football knowledge in the North-West with a ‘Football Table Quiz’ taking place on Thursday in aid of Letterkenny-based charity Cara House. The quiz was modelled on the Exhibition’s six zones with questions based on local football, Ireland’s European Championship appearances and the EURO’s with the competition celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2020.
The quiz saw ten teams keenly compete at Arena 7 in Letterkenny who provided the space, quiz materials, finger food and spot prizes free of charge for the event. Raffle prizes included a signed Ireland jersey and tickets for the key upcoming matches for the Republic of Ireland Men’s, Women’s and U21’s, alongside tickets for the Extra.ie FAI Cup Final in November as the finalists look set to be decided upon this weekend.
The local football round proved key with attendees including Con McLaughlin, the first Donegal man to score 100 goals in the League of Ireland showcasing his knowledge. Over €500 was raised and all proceeds were presented to Cara House Co-Ordinator Susan McCauley.
“The first thing we are going to buy is footballs and bibs for the after-school group. I really would like to find someone within the area to assist in setting up a walking football group with the guidance from the Football Association of Ireland. We already have similar activities for some of the older members of the community and it would be great to add football to our services.”
Cara House opened in May 2004 to provide a constructive and enjoyable space for people who have time on their hands in the day time and became a Family Resource Centre in 2008. The work of Cara House, which includes activities, courses provides a valuable resource for the whole Letterkenny community. More information about the great work done by Cara House can be found by visiting carahouse.ie.
The Exhibition has also teamed up with Blue September, the Marie Keating Foundation’s ‘Stand Up For Your Prostate’ pin badges will be available alongside the commemorative National Football Exhibition badge. The campaign which is running throughout Blue September aims to aims to increase awareness of prostate cancer and encourages men to WATCH, TALK and ACT. Additional information can be found on their website mariekeating.ie.
Taking place in the Regional Cultural Centre, the free of charge Exhibition has seen huge visitor numbers with local schools and groups enjoying learning about local and international footballing history. The Exhibition will remain open to the public from 11am – 6pm until Sunday, September 29.
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Dundalk – February 2020
Galway – March 2020
Dublin – June 2020