Last chance to support fundraiser for Buccaneers and local Hospice

Pictured above: Sean O'Connell (right) climbed Croagh Patrick as his contribution towards the Buccaneers fundraiser.

This is the last day for people to take part in the Buccaneers RFC fundraiser which is also supporting South Westmeath Hospice.

Buccaneers members embarked on a ‘Walk, Run, Cycle’ from the start of July to raise dearly needed funds for both the club and the Athlone-based South Westmeath Hospice.

Both organisations have suffered significant losses of revenue due to the Covid-19 enforced lockdown, and the rugby club is making a final call to members to assist them in this fundraising drive which comes to an end today (Friday), July 31.

Judy Dowling and Geraldine Kenny are spearheading this laudable effort and they are urging club members and their families to support the event. The target collective distance is 2,986 kilometres - equal to the mileage travelled by Buccaneers senior team in a season of away fixtures against the other clubs in Division 2A of the All-Ireland League.

With all income streams and fundraising events ceased due to the current pandemic, both the club and the hospice have rarely had greater need for financial support. The funds raised will be divided evenly between Buccaneers RFC and South Westmeath Hospice, which provides best practice palliative care and support for patients and their families, both at home and in the hospice unit.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to which donations can be made at

So the club is urging people to please put their Buccs shirts on and get out and about; track your distance or activity and tag Buccs on social media; or text 086 173 2711 with the distance covered along with your name.

All support and sponsorship will be greatly appreciated by both voluntary organisations.

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