From left, Colm Baker, Christy Keena (Mullingar Celtic FC), Kathleen Poynton (CEO, Good2Talk), Tomas Nally (chairman, Good2Talk) and Joseph Doyle (Mullingar Celtic FC).

Mullingar's newest soccer club holding Good2Talk fundraiser

Mullingar’s newest soccer club is holding a fundraiser this month in aid of local mental health charity, Good2Talk Westmeath.

Around 20 members of the Mullingar Celtic FC squad are each running 100 miles in November with all the money raised going to Good2Talk, one of the many local charities whose fundraising projects have been decimated by the ongoing Covid crisis.

With a projected 80 per cent drop in fundraising activities this year, CEO Kathleen Poynton and chairman Tomas Nally say that now more than ever the charity will be depending on the local community and government funding to survive.

Tomas Nally says that in the past the charity has not received the financial support promised from various government agencies and that it is vital that this changes next year.

“The year 2021 will be the year that will show most how committed these agencies are to the people on the ground and to the mental health of our communities,” he said.

Mullingar Celtic FC was established earlier this year and plays in the Combined Counties Football League Division 3B. They train on Mullingar Shamrocks’ astro turf pitch and play matches in the Raithin Community Pitch.

“The group wanted to set up a fundraiser for Movember to help promote men’s health and since mental health is one of the biggest problems facing men of their age they wanted to do something to promote positive mental health. Good2Talk was seen as a great cause that is actually proactively helping people in the community with mental health problems and so they decided that this was a great cause to support,” Mullingar Celtic FC PRO Colm Baker said.

As part of the fundraiser, they are asking each of their players to complete 100 miles in November and about 19-20 players have started the challenge so far. Although it is a major undertaking the group have been blown away by the support they are receiving from their local community, family and friends.

If you would like to fundraise in your own way for Good2Talk you can contact them at their office in College Street on 044-9332531 or donate directly to this project on their Facebook donation page.