Carrigtwohill United AFC Raises €500 for GROW Mental Health Organisation

By Alan Sheehan

Players from Carrigtwohill A attempt to dispossess a player from St John Bosco's during their charity match in aid of GROW.

Carrigtwohill United AFC held two charity matches to fundraise for GROW on Friday, 30 December.

Carrigtwohill A and B teams took on two other East Cork squads, Knockraha and St John Bosco’s, at the all-weather facility in Carrigtwohill, raising €500 for the mental health organisation GROW.

“There were two matches, played one after the other,” said John Barry, Public Relations Officer for Carrigtwohill United AFC. “It was a friendly-type atmosphere for the games. Some of the teams had a lot of subs and other players left early, and that influenced the balance of the game a bit. [Carrigtwohill] Bs lost 1-0 to Knockraha, and afterwards the As lost 1-4 to Bosco’s.”

“There was good support from within the club, and a few members of the public attended as well,” said Mr Barry. “Even though it’s great for playing, it’s not a great venue for watching matches, with the cage around the all-weather pitch, but we were very happy with support. The pitch was sponsored by the Carrigtwohill Community Council; they gave us the pitch for free.”

GROW is a peer support and mutual-aid organization which was founded in Australia in 1957 and now operating over 130 groups in Ireland. The organisation is dedicated to recovery from, and prevention of, serious mental illness.

“The day was an initiative started within the club,” said Mr Barry, “because there’s loads of involvement with GROW in Carrigtwohill. There’s been a lot of those type of incidents [involving mental health and suicide] in the locality recently, so it’s very much in people’s minds. It’s very topical.”

Carrigtwohill United AFC will present the cheque for €500 to representatives from GROW at the Carrigtwohill Family Resource Centre next Thursday, 12 December.

For information on your nearest group please call GROW’s info line on 1890 474 474, while the Cork office can be reached directly at 021 4277520.

If you or someone you know needs someone to talk to, contact the Samaritans on 116 123, while Pieta House in Cork can be contacted at 021 434 1400. 1life, a 24 hour suicide prevention helpline and text message service, can be reached at 1-800-247-100. Also offers a directory of mental health services.