HEALTHY CLUB INITIATIVE

On the 27th May, Gerry Adams TD hosted the GAA Healthy Club Project Team from Croke Park in the Dáil to brief Oireachtas members. The briefing was presented by Colin Reagan, the GAA Community and Health Manager. He was accompanied by colleagues Stacey Cannon, Emmet Haughian, Brid Traynor and representatives from Clubs. It was attended by around two dozen TDs and Seanadoirí. The presentation was followed by a question and answer session. An invitation to address the Dáil Committee on Health was given by Jerry Buttimer TD, Chairperson of the Committee.

The Healthy Club Project is a partnership effort involving the GAA, Healthy Ireland, the Health Service Executive and the National Office for Suicide Prevention. It is funded by the HSE and Irish Life have donated €1 million over three years.

Healthy Club is rooted in the volunteer spirit of the GAA and is about health promotion. It involves a wide range of specific initiatives including mental health, health screening, bullying, diet and nutrition, inclusion and community outreach, drug and alcohol awareness, life skill and personal development, anti-smoking, facilities development, and engagement with older community members.

The GAA and clubs like St. Finbarr’s and Midleton are making a real and positive difference in people’s lives.

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The last Operational Group meeting, consisting of Stacey Cannon from Croke Park and representatives of participating Clubs, took place on Thursday, 28th May, in the GAA Munster Office, Limerick. The meeting was to finalise elements of Phase 1 of the Healthy Club Project. As part of the evaluation process each project leader had to fill the post Healthy Club Index Questionnaire to measure the progress over the two years. It's was the same questionnaire that had been filled out at the start of the project. Each participating Club received €1,500 to cover some of the costs incurred during Phase 1 of the Project. The Project will now be expanded, from the existing eighteen Clubs, to include a Club from every county.

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The Lord Mayor’s Community & Voluntary Awards for 2015 took place in City Hall on Thursday, 4th June. Hundreds of voluntary workers attended the annual ceremony sponsored by the Evening Echo.

Presenting the awards, the Lord Mayor, Cllr Mary Shields, said the ceremony was about giving recognition to the people being honoured. “We are so grateful for your contributions which have enriched the lives of those around you.”  

Our Club won the sports section of the awards for our Healthy Club Project.  We received the award for our participation in the "Cork Beats Stress" Programme in conjunction with the HSE; and the provision of fruit by SuperValu to our Street Leagues’ children.

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