Croke Park Charity Challenge match raises vital funds for Self Help Africa

The 2018 Croke Park Charity Challenge took place in GAA Headquarters, bringing together well-known figures from the worlds of sport, business and politics to play on the hallowed turf. The event which raised €220,000 was organised by former Galway hurler, Alan Kerins in partnership with Self Help Africa, supporting enterprise and opportunity in Africa.

The event saw fans, former players and members of the media line out for a Cork team managed by Rebels legend Billy Morgan and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and a Mayo team managed by current TD John O’Mahoney and former Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Among the well-known faces lining out were A.P. McCoy, Kieran Donaghy, Dean Rock, Luke Fitzgerald, Michael Daragh MacAuley, Cora Staunton, Sonia O’Sullivan and Seán Óg O’hAilpín, among many others.

The 2018 Croke Park Charity Challenge is proudly sponsored by Corrib Oil, Fáilte Ireland, McKeever Sports, Devitts, Diageo, Off The Ball, and Teneo.

Speaking at Croke Park, event founder and former Galway GAA star Alan Kerins said: “I’m delighted to see such a strong turnout today in support of this year’s Croke Park Charity Challenge. It is a fantastic occasion in aid of a great cause and the support received from individuals and organisations in the spheres of Irish business and politics has been heart-warming. It goes without saying the GAA are like a family, and I’ve been blown away by the level of support I’ve received from the GAA community.

“Proceeds from the event will support the African projects of Irish-based international development organisation Self Help Africa, including projects that I have been supporting in Zambia for more than a decade.”

“I would like to thank the people that have made this possible including Self Help Africa, the sponsors, media partners and more. Without their financial support the life changing work in Africa that is being carried out would not be possible.”

Eugene Dalton, CEO of Corrib Oil commented: “We are delighted once again to be sponsoring the great work done by Alan Kerins and Self Help Africa. It’s very satisfying for us to know that our financial contribution is making a difference in the lives of those who need it. It is heartening to see such goodwill and support for this great cause, and we’re delighted to be involved.”