Like all not for profit organizations, Claremont Stadium’s volunteers are part of the success of the Stadium. 18 years ago I came for a visit with my 12 year old son who was a sports addict and wanted to run. So we arrived, he joined the athletic club and I witnessed first hand over the years the difference having a track to run and walk on made to the local and far reaching community.
Over the years this track has seen some spectacular events, the most memorable for me was the Special Olympic events, where we volunteered along with some of the athletic club over 16’s to help with the event. We all got so much fun from the day that the comments from my much younger co-helpers stuck with me ever since. They, found it energising, uplifting and humbling the way these athletes of different abilities could help each other get over the finish line. The party atmosphere stuck with us all for a long time after.
Meath Championships, Leinster U23’s, club events and community events have taken place on this track, so it was sad for us to witness it fall into a state of disrepair due to the harsh weather conditions of the last few years. We tried to mend and repair but eventually we had come to realise it needed to go.
So this month work began on a brand new shiny track. As the work continues so does our fundraising for this track. Corona virus hit at a bad time for our fundraising program and plans to make up the deficit of 80,000 euros. However, we got stuck in to the problem and found ways around it. We have a great committee and support team. Todate, through a 24 hour Ultra run – Keith Russell was the runner who ran 227 km over the 24 hours – and a virtual run, and now a #60secondchallenge for families, we have a gofundme page total of just over 19,000 euros. Our other fundraising ideas are a sponsored run, a creative writing challenge, and a clothes drive (as soon as Covid 19 regulations permit it).
Last but not least our old track is being bought in sections by various community groups who need a soft surface for walkers/runners. All money raised goes straight to the track fund.
Which leads me to a question? What fundraising ideas have we missed? If you have a suggestion we would love to hear from you in the comments below.