Demonstrating the club’s commitment to supporting local charities, the junior team of Armagh City FC recently hosted a fireside quiz to fundraise for Armagh based charity iCare - in order to grant an iCare Wish for a very deserving recipient.
The iCare Charity committee received an iCare Wish request through its Housing department from the family of Aaron Wilson. Aaron was involved in a serious car accident in 2014 aged 19, resulting in hospitalisation for almost 12 months before his discharge. Now at home with his family, Aaron receives a care package five times daily. In consultation with Aaron’s Occupational Therapist, it was agreed that an iPad would be a great way to enhance Aaron’s ability to communicate with his family and friends as well as allowing him to enjoy movies and music of his choosing.
Janine Smalls, founding member of iCare said, “An iCare Wish can be anything that makes a personal or practical difference to someone’s life from planting a cherry blossom tree in someone’s garden to buying a piece of technology or medical equipment. Anyone can nominate a recipient whom they believe is deserving of an iCare Wish. We have been granting wishes across the Country since 2013.”
She added, “When we receive a wish request, our committee comes together to discuss fundraising ideas. On this occasion, Armagh City FC approached us to advise that their junior team would love to fundraise to grant an iCare wish. Although an extremely generous gesture, this didn’t surprise us as Armagh City has always been keen supporters of iCare, volunteering at Santa’s Gatelodge and supporting us in our fundraising efforts. We thought the wish for Aaron Wilson was one that the junior team would be really thrilled to grant. Aaron and his family have expressed their sincere thanks to iCare and to Armagh City FC. Aaron is thrilled with his iPad.”
Brian Mc Enteggart, Armagh City FC said, “Although we are a sports club, the sense of teamwork doesn’t stop when we leave the field. Our junior team were thrilled to know that their fundraising efforts would make a real difference to the life of a young man not much older than them. We actively encourage all our players to get involved in their local communities and we try to give back whenever possible.”
Founded in 2010, iCare is a registered charity based in the Gatelodge in Milford, led entirely by volunteers. 100% of all proceeds raised goes straight to the charity; there are no associated administrative costs. Through its fundraising efforts, the charity grants iCare Wishes throughout the year. If you would like to learn more about the iCare Wishes Initiative or to see examples of other Wishes that have been granted, please visit www.icare-charity.com