Join in the Christmas Day Charity Mile at An Riocht



An Riocht AC Christmas Mile Cheques 28-1-2014
At the presentation of the 2013 Christmas Morning Charity Mile cheques were: Denis McSweeney, manager An Riocht presenting a cheque to Seán Hanley, Oileán Beó; Bill Costello, An Riocht with a cheque for GOAL; Denis Brosnan presenting a cheque to Theresa Looney of the Irish Kidney Association with Margaret Enright and Mary Nelligan, Oileán Beó. ©Photograph: John Reidy

An Riocht AC has sent forth its annual and festive invitation to leisure walkers and joggers to join them on Christmas Morning for the annual ‘Christmas Day Charity Mile’ from 10-30am to 12-30pm.

You can walk, jog or run. Getting out, making the effort and a donation to the collection box is what’s important on this occasion.

Local charities are the beneficiaries of the event and a portion is sent to GOAL for whatever overseas mission the organisation is involved in at the time.

Spirited refreshments will be served after you do your stint on the track.

Even if the weather is against outdoor activity, the gathering in the spacious pavilion will only heighten the seasonal atmosphere. The spirit of giving and helping others is what the whole show is all about.

From its inception in 1999 the event was dubbed The Goal Mile and Christmas morning was, and still is, its immovable calendar mooring.

On the Christmas of 2012 it became known locally as The Golden Mile and its proceeds have largely switched from overseas causes to charities of a more local need and relevance. However, GOAL and its work overseas is still in the mix come distribution day.

The concept remained the same as in the days before the great pavilion with all its comforts. You can still turn up anytime between 10-30am and 12-30pm. Make a contribution to the collection box and walk the mile or whatever you can manage,  drink a drop of Hot Port – if that’s to your taste – and away you go.

Indeed, in the days before the pavilion, Pats Broderick couldn’t be seen for steam from several electric kettles whistling away at once in the site engineer’s office and he struggling to keep up with the demand for the welcome dropeen.