GOAL and AIB have thanked people in Roscommon who took part in the GOAL Mile over the Christmas period, with over €400,000 being donated to the humanitarian aid agency at fundraising events in Ireland and abroad.
The Christmas tradition of running, jogging or walking a Mile in support of GOAL’s work has taken place since the 1980s. With the support of AIB for the first time, this was the biggest event yet.
Funds raised at annual nationwide and international events support the agency’s emergency response and humanitarian work in fourteen countries in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. GOAL Miles were organised at two locations in the county over the Christmas period, in Strokestown and Ballinasloe.
GOAL’s Chief Executive Officer, Siobhan Walsh, said: “This year’s GOAL Mile has been truly exceptional. It was inspiring to see how eager people were, not just to support GOAL’s work, but to get out and re-connect with each other. We want to thank everyone for organising, helping out and turning up to their local GOAL Mile this Christmas.
“While normality is closer to being restored here in Ireland, the impact of Covid-19 in the global south is still profound. The support of thousands of people for the GOAL Mile helps us continue to work with vulnerable communities, to enable them to weather the impact of shocks like Covid, conflict and climate change”.
AIB Chief Executive Colin Hunt added: “Communities in Ireland stepped up to join us in supporting GOAL’s work to transform the lives of the some of the world’s most vulnerable people. On behalf of AIB, I’d like to extend a big thank you, and well done to all who took part”.
Ms. Walsh is already looking towards the 2022 GOAL Mile with AIB: “A very special word of thanks to all our friends at AIB, whose incredible support and commitment helped make this a GOAL Mile to remember and the biggest one yet. The results speak for themselves and demonstrate the power of partnership. We already look forward to working with Colin and his colleagues for the 2022 event, which will be the 40th anniversary of the GOAL mile”.