The members and friends of All Saints GAC had Ballymena spinning yesterday as they hosted their Annual Charity Spinathon. Organised as part of the ever popular Saints & Slimmers programme the 12 teams involved assembled across the day from 9.00am to 3.00pm to raise money for this years nominated good cause – NI Children’s Hospice.
Just last April two of the club’s coaches, Martha & Ryan Lemon, lost their beloved baby son Ollie. Along with their two girls, juvenile players Eve & Orla, the family nominated the Children’s Hospice as the beneficiaries of All Saints fundraising efforts this year. In doing so this ensured that the Spinathon provided everyone involved with the opportunity to honour Ollie’s memory and to raise funds for the group.
Ballymena Hospice Support Group Chairperson, Mr Gerald McCann pictured at the All Saints Spinathon with Saints & Slimmers committee members Conor Connolly, Eamon McKillop and Jim Brady.
And while peddling for points was also the name of the game as an overall Saints & Slimmers winning team will be announced at the Finale Night later this month this was very much secondary to the efforts to raise vital funds for the valuable support the Hospice provides. The total amount raised will be revealed on the night when a presentation to the volunteers of the Ballymena Hospice Support group will take place.
All Saints GAC would like to thank all who contributed to the fundraising effort including the Ballymena public and all who contributed via the clubs Just-Giving page. This option is still available should anyone wish to support this very worthy cause.
Special thanks to the local businesses who supported the spinners with copious amounts of tea and coffee including Cafe Tosca, Cafe Nero, Subway, Teamkit (who kept everyone warm with their donation of hats) and of course Leona and Norman at Studio 365 who supplied both the spin bikes and sound system and without whom the event simply could not take place.