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Laois soccer clubs launch fundraiser for staff of Portlaoise and St Fintan’s Hospitals

Three Laois soccer clubs have come together to launch a fundraiser for the staff and frontline workers at Portlaoise and St Fintan’s Hospitals during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Portlaoise AFC, Towerhill Rovers and Stradbally Town announced details of their fundraiser on their social media channels. 

Portlaoise AFC said: “We are all missing football right now – that’s a given, but what can we do as a community, club, team or individual to help our frontline heroes?

We at Portlaoise AFC, joined by Stradbally Town and Towerhill Rovers, driven by the senior teams, have decided to “Donate our Match Fee” from this weekend.

“The Senior teams in the club usually pay €10 per player to cover the cost of referee’s, physios, matchday equipment and any other costs that come with running our teams but this weekend, we wan’t to donate it to the frontline staff at Portlaoise Hospital.

“We would encourage all players of our club from Academy, Schoolboy/girls, Youths and parents to get involved and donate some small amount towards providing ‘Care Packages’ for the staff at Midlands regional Hospital, Portlaoise.

“‘Care Packages’ will include – hand creams, bottled water, energy drinks, energy bars, tea, coffee, individually wrapped biscuits, lip balms amongst some other items. We will be partnering with locally owned stores to purchase all items.

“We understand these may be difficult times and there are many very worthy fundraisers happening at this time but we want to play our part to help in anyway we can.

“We have been very lucky to have The Midland’s Regional Hospital, Portlaoise on our doorstep for any unfortunate injuries that require medical attention through games and training in Rossleighan Park.

“The staff have always taken wonderful care of us and our families so now, let’s do what we can as a club and as a Laois football community to take care of them.

“Doctors, Nurses, Porters, Cleaning Staff, Receptionists and all other staff are working very hard to keep our community safe and cared for and this is our effort to take care of them.”

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.