BE sure to get behind your County Star Jumping out of a Plane for Charity this Sunday.
Each year the Ulster GAA President selects a good cause which becomes Ulster GAA’s Charity Partner for that year. The partnership enables Ulster GAA to promote the good work of the charity over the course of the year, while also raising vital funds. Given the reach of the GAA in Ulster, this is a very valued aspect to a President’s tenure.
Current Ulster President Ciaran McLaughlin was happy to continue the partnership with Prostate Cancer Research through the Patrick G Johnston Centre and QUB last year. Initiated by former President Oliver Galligan, the cause was one which was close to the hearts of both Oliver and Ciaran. Given that Covid scuppered many of our usual activities, for the first time, Ulster GAA have opted for a charity partner for more than one year, and have also endeavoured to undertake a large-scale joint fundraising event on Sunday, March 12 this year.
Air Ambulance NI will be formally launched as Ulster GAA’s new charity partner for 2023 on Sunday, while the event will also mark a fitting way of finalising our charity partnership with Prostate Cancer Research. Ulster GAA are delighted to have the support of nine highly regarded GAA personalities as our brave participants. Each GAA star will complete the 15,000 foot tandem jump; the highest skydive in Ireland. Participants will freefall at 120mph before the parachute is deployed and they gently descend for a soft touchdown in front of friends and family.
Each county has recruited a participant to represent their county, in the hope that their county will top the leader-board for the most money raised. Promotion is taking place in earnest and individuals can donate to their chosen participant, or participants, via the following link: https://ulster.gaa.ie/skydive/
The brave nine are as follows: Jane Adams (Antrim); Jarlath Burns (Armagh); Larry Reilly (Cavan); Aoife Ní Chaiside (Derry); Maxi Curran (Donegal); Benny Coulter (Down); Marty McGrath (Fermanagh); Dessie Mone (Monaghan), and Gemma Begley (Tyrone)
Clubs can get involved by sharing the promotion provided via Ulster GAA, and their county’s social media platforms. Individuals are encouraged to donate what they can for two very worthy causes. For more information on our nine Jumpers, and where to donate, visit:https://ulster.gaa.ie/skydive