GOAL urges people to take part in Jersey Day fundraiser

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Humanitarian aid agency GOAL is appealing to people in Galway to take part in the GOAL Jersey Day, which takes place on Friday, 14 October.

Students, employees and members of organisations across Ireland are being encouraged to don their favourite team jersey to raise vital funds to help GOAL’s lifesaving work with vulnerable communities all over the world.

Funds raised from the day will go towards GOAL’s work in emergency response, health, nutrition and livelihoods in 15 countries.

GOAL’s Director of Fundraising & Communications, Eamon Sharkey, said that Jersey Day is one of Ireland’s longest running fundraisers, and has been in existence for more than three decades.

He said that now more than ever, GOAL needs the continued support of the Irish people who have never been found wanting in supporting the world’s most vulnerable communities.

“Schools and companies look forward to GOAL Jersey Day every year, and it is a day when people can come together, have fun, and give to communities in need at the same time.”

Last year alone, GOAL reached more than 18.5 million people with lifechanging support in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and more recently in Ukraine, with humanitarian aid being delivered to people impact by the ongoing conflict.

“This year the support of the people of Ireland is more crucial than ever as global crises continue to have an impact on the world’s poorest countries,” added Eamon Sharkey.

“The combined impact of Covid-19, Climate Change and Conflict is having a devastating effect on global food security.

“This is especially acute in East Africa, where 23 million people are experiencing crisis levels of hunger. GOAL is responding, delivering water, food and medical aid, but we need your support this Jersey Day.”

To sign up to GOAL Jersey Day in partnership with Folens, visit jerseyday.org. primary and secondary schools that register will be entered for a draw to win a €1,000 prize from Folens.