Members of GAA clubs across the County of Cork have once again been challenged to go ‘Off the Booze and On
the Ball' in a bid to kick-start their New Year on a healthy footing and raise some funds in the process.
This fun challenge with a healthy twist invites participants to abstain from alcohol for the month of January and in doing so seek sponsorship to go towards their local GAA club. The initiative is being driven by the Association's Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) Programme - a joint initiative with the HSE that aims to reduce the harm caused by the misuse of alcohol and other substances.
The County launch was held in Pairc Uí Rinn in Cork on Wednesday December 12, as Cathaoirleach na Comhairle
na Mumhan CLG Seán Walsh announced to the assembled media and guests that he was delighted to support this
initiative which promotes healthy living and the healthy club. He also commend the ASAP programme on it's ongoing work in health promotion. Also present were Officers of Choiste Chontae Chorcaí , Tracey Kennedy, Pearse Murphy and
Individuals and panel members can sign up at www.gaa.ie/asap where they will receive a sponsorship card and an information pack containing details on health, exercise and diet. Participating clubs are also encouraged to run a health-related activity in their community on the last weekend of January such as a charity match or a fun run/walk or cycle. If January does not suit then your club can still participate in the challenge in February - the online registration page will remain open. One individual can also register on behalf of an entire panel if they are interested in taking up ‘The Pint Sized
A participating club from each province will be in with a chance to win a health-related prize at the end of the challenge.
Members of the Midleton Club, participants in this Initiative last year were the Munster winners in 2012, and collected their prize at a special presentation in Croke Park.
Further information is available from your Provincial/County ASAP Officer Diarmuid
MacGabhann at firstname.lastname@example.org
or at www.gaa.ie/asap