More than a match

Craigavon City to face FC Mindwell with all proceeds going to Action Mental Health

More than a match

Craigavon City who will be facing FC Mindwell on Sunday afternoon.

Jonathan McNabb

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Craigavon City Football Club are calling on the local community to lend their support as they host a charity match this weekend.

The ‘Kick for a Cause’ match will see Craigavon City management team compete against FC Mindwell, with ex-Northern Ireland international Keith Gillespie taking to the pitch.

All proceeds will go towards Action Mental Health with the game taking place this Sunday at Drumgor Road (KO 1:30pm).

Speaking to Your Lurgan, Conor Hegarty, who is a youth coach at the club, explained that raising awareness and supporting charities are always at the forefront of their efforts.

“We would have a big focus on mental health at our club,” he explained.

“We have had two coaches affected by it in the past, so we wanted to use our profile to give something back.

“The club has supported charity efforts before but we also want to raise awareness of mental health and make sure the day is simply more than just a football match.

“We want to show the local community that the club is there if they need us, whether that be playing, coaching or volunteering.

“If anyone needs an escape for a few hours a week and be part of a team, we will gladly be of assistance and lend our support.”

A whole day of events are planned for members of the community of all ages with catering facilities on offer.

Conor was appreciative of the support they have received from businesses and members of the public so far – with every penny going to charity.

“We haven’t been told their team yet but we know Keith Gillespie will be playing and I know a few of our guys are excited at competing against him,” Conor confirmed.

“There will be a replica Champions League trophy there for pictures to be taken, a penalty kick competition, there will also be teas, coffees, buns, ice-cream, chip carts and a bouncy castle, plus so much more

“The business support we have received has been amazing and we are extremely thankful for that.

“We would like to thank Stables Bar & Restaurant, Lurgan, Playerfit, Hyster-Yale Charity Committee, Robinson Ice Cream, McDonald’s Ice Cream, Mallon Scaffolding, Dummingan Cleaning Services, Brownlow Radiators, Bluestone Cargo, Bap-it, Lurgan Bouncy Castles, McGinn Accountants, Raleigh Cycle Centre, Bloodstone Tattoo, Mortgage Solutions, New Haven, Alexander Bain Opticians, The Barbery, Reality Marketing, Station Grill, Hair Fair Drumgor, Charlie Mallon Butchers, Costcutters Drumgor, Mortgage Direct NI, Campbell and Haughey Solicitors and the Cellar Bar for their backing.

“Furthermore, we would like to place on record our thanks to Sustain Market at Millennium Court, Portadown for sponsoring the match, as well as Drumgor Youth Club for letting us use their facilities.

“There will also be a raffle with some fantastic prizes on offer and we are thankful to the businesses who have put forward their donations.

“Entry into the fixture will be £2 and every single penny will be going to Action Mental Health.”

If you can’t attend the fixture on Sunday, you can donate to the club’s JustGiving page HERE.

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