Lets get behind Mark in the build up to the London Marathon and support Saffron Gael

With just over a week to go to the London Marathon, Mark Hasson continues to raise money for our Saffron Gael website. Mark is a regularly contributor to the Saffron Gael with reports and photographs on St. Mary’s Rasharkin games in all codes.

When Mark approached us and offered to raise much needed funds for the site through his participation in next Sunday’s London Marathon we were delighted to accept his generous offer.

Mark was very complementary on the work we do at the Saffron Gael and was keen to help us with our fund raising efforts and he made an offer we were delighted to accept. A keen runner and a member of the local Rasharkin runner’s club, Mark is running in this year’s London Marathon and has offered to raise some much needed funds for our site through his Just Giving page and we are overwhelmed by his offer.

Mark Hasson is steeped in the GAA. A Former McLarnon Cup winner with St. Louis Ballymena and part of the St Louis panel who got to the All-Ireland final in 1998. He captained the Rasharkin Minor team that lost to Sean Stinsons in 1998 Minor Championship final. Mark went on to have a successful career with his club. He played for Rasharkin seniors up until 4 years ago.  Notable wins were the Antrim Intermediate Championship in 2010 and a couple of League Div 2 titles.

The initial response to Mark’s appeal was superb but as our regular posts appear to put his article down the page and out of sight contributions have dried up.

Today we ask those who have not donated to his appeal or have never contributed to the Saffron Gael to make a donation. No donation is too small or too great. It’s people like Mark Hasson and our other sponsors and contributors who make it possible for others to read our reports on the Saffron Gael and without them there wouldn’t be a Saffron Gael website.

To make a donation and sponsor Mark on his run simply go to the link at the bottom of the article. Click on the link and follow the simple instructions.

Mark Hasson said

“In my ‘wisdom’, I will be running the London Marathon on Sunday 3rd October. This will be my 3rd time training for the event in the past year and a half that has been postponed a few times due to covid.

I will be raising money for The Saffron Gael. If you are even remotely interested in GAA in Antrim, then you will be aware of Curly and Paddy McIlwaine and the work that they do. They have been Stalwarts in promoting everything GAA for decades. Before founding the Saffron Gael in 2017 the majority of their work was promoting Gaelic Games via the Ballymena Chronicle and Mid Ulster Observer.

The Saffron Gael is an open online forum that promotes Gaelic Games for the Antrim Clubs as well as County games and more. It doesn’t matter what code (Hurling/Camogie/Football) or the Grade (Senior/Intermediate/Junior/U14B), if it is GAA related, The Saffron Gael will do their best to promote it.

This is a voluntary site that relies on donations from clubs, companies and individuals to keep the forum running. As a small token of appreciation, I have chosen this cause for my marathon run. If you can donate anything (no matter how small), it would be hugely appreciated.”

If you would like to contribute to Mark Hasson’s fund raising effort and show your support

for the Saffron Gael just click on the Just Giving link below


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