FUNDRAISER: Killarney Rugby Football Club are hoping to raise €10k for pitch maintenance. Pictured are: Fiona Landers (Girl’s Coordinator), Mike Walker (Treasurer), Tom O’Leary (Volunteer Coordinator) and Eamonn Maguire (Player). Photo: Michelle Crean

 

By Michelle Crean

A Killarney club are relying on the good will of the community as they aim to raise €10,000 to carry out maintenance on their pitch.

Killarney Rugby Football Club (Killarney RFC) have established the ‘Summer Pitch Maintenance Fundraiser’ via GoFundMe as they don’t have usual access to funds due to the pandemic.

“At this time of the year, the club would now be asking you all to support church gate collections and our annual golf classic but we have had to cancel them along with our weekly Split the Bucket fundraiser, due to the pandemic,” Liam Murphy, club PRO, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It has also been a difficult time for some sponsors, who have therefore not been able to continue supporting us. To help make up some of the shortfall, we have launched a GoFundMe page to ensure the investment that went into the pitches is protected, which requires continuous maintenance to keep them in top condition for the return of rugby. We have set a target of €10,000 and would appeal to the generous people of Killarney and beyond to support their rugby club.”

He added that the club would like to thank all volunteers and supporters for their ongoing generosity.

“Without our volunteers there would be no club!”

Rugby is for everyone and the club has over one hundred minis, one hundred youths boys and girls and adults teams for men and women.

“We will have a record number of teams playing and competing next season and to this end are planning ahead with our pitch fundraiser to maintain our pitches also. Anything that can be given will be greatly appreciated and will go a long way!”

To support the club, you can make a donation via their GoFundMe page: Killarney Rugby: Summer Pitch Maintenance