DeterMND All-star roadshow

26 Feb 2015

DeterMND's All-star Roadshow is Coming

New ground was broken in November, when a historic Gaelic football match took place at the Kingspan Stadium, home of Ulster Rugby to raise funds and awareness of Motor Neurone Disease in support of the charity DeterMND. The unique occasion was the brainchild of former Antrim football captain Anto Finnegan, who was diagnosed with the terminal condition in 2012.

Over 6,200 spectators attended the game and showed their solidarity with former Antrim captain Anto Finnegan in his fight against Motor Neurone Disease. In order to build on the Legacy of the #Gameforanto match in Belfast, the charity has gone on to organize four community events to continue the promotion of deterMND in sports clubs around Northern Ireland.

These free community events will offer people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to try new sports and new challenges at their local community centres. Activities include cycling, boxing & fun agility challenges as well as skill tests for Hurling and Rugby taken by professional sports coaches.Cushendalls GAA club, Ruairi Og CLG will host the first event at their youth club on Saturday 28th February between 12 and 4pm.

Anto Finnegan said, "Game for Anto highlighted for us the unique unifying power of sport. During half time kids from local rugby and GAA clubs played together on the pitch showing how organisations coming together for a good cause. Building on that legacy, we just want people of all ages to try new activities and have a bit of fun so we have organized a number of free family events in 4 community centres across NI which will be hosted by the local GAA club but are open to everyone to join in.”

All activities are completely free and suitable for all age groups and sporting abilities. They will also include some unique sporting activities which people may not have had the opportunity to try before including electricity producing bikes which can power music, all by cycling or the highly addictive boxing challenge game. The local GAA club will be providing Food and Refreshments in the community centre to purchase so that people can come along and spend the day there from 12 noon – 4pm.

Anto's Roadshow will be kicking off at the Cushendall Youth Club on Saturday 28thFebruary at 12 noon where it will be hosted by Ruairi Og CLG. It will then travel on to Armagh to Derrynoose Community Centre on Saturday 21 March where it will be hosted by St Mochua's GAC. On Sunday 29th March St Pauls GAC will host the event at De La Salle College Belfast before the roadshow travels to County Tyrone making its final appearance in Castlederg on 11 April at Aghyaran GAA Club. People wanting to take part can just come along and join in between 12 & 4pm. Equipment and Safety helmets will be provided but children and parents are advised to wear warm comfortable clothing and trainers.

For further information please contact Fionnuala Mceldowney on 07976035682 or email Alternatively contact Patrick Wood on 07508002506 or email

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