The History Of The Tennis For GOAL Fund

The ‘Tennis for GOAL’ fund was set up in 2006 after a visit to Calcutta showed the difference that GOAL was making to the lives of the poor in that fascinating city. Calcutta is the same size as Dublin but has a population of 18 million – 6 million of whom live on the street.

GOAL has taken over 100,000 people off the streets and given them a chance in life by providing education, health care and shelter.  I felt that involving the Monkstown LTC juniors would be a rewarding experience and foster in them a love for those less fortunate than themselves.

In the last three years, we have raised over €30,000 by organising various events in the tennis club.  Boys and girls from other clubs – Carrickmines, Donnybrook, Lansdowne, Riverview and Sandycove – have also been involved in our fundraising efforts and their help is much appreciated.

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A number of high profile personalities including Gordon D’Arcy, Shane Byrne, Katy French, Pat Cash, Alicia Molik and Conor Niland have also visited the club both to lend their support and to chat to the Monkstown LTC juniors.

Monkstown LTC was recently awarded ‘Leinster Club of theYear’ and one of the reasons for this special award was because of the Tennis for GOAL fund.

Many thanks to all who have helped out in any way and especially to the juniors who participated in the events. You should be very proud of yourselves, as the greatest thing you can do in life is to help keep another human being alive and the money raised has saved many lives!

Thanks again and lets continue the good work!!!!

Stephen

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