Kevin kicks to ‘Keep Er Lit’
With the Ulster championship fast approaching, Down footballer Kevin McKernan will be undertaking a novel approach to ensure he is ready for the side’s visit to Derry – and it’s all in the name of charity.
The Burren man, who has been with the Mournemen from 2008, will travel around all 44 football clubs in county Down on April 20th and 21st to take a penalty kick and, more importantly, to raise much-needed funds for the charity ‘Keep Er Lit’.
Despite a packed schedule with club and county, McKernan decided to take on the challenge to show support for his cousin Mark McKernan who was diagnosed with a brain tumour five years ago.
Mark, who is married and has four children, has travelled across Europe to undergo extensive surgery and the McKernan family, along with a host of friends, have teamed up to support Mark and his family personally.
The family have already raised £25,000 over the past two years for Brainwaves NI, a charity organised to fund research into brain tumour treatment, and Kevin said they were keen to keep the fund-raising up.
“Mark has followed me everywhere in my football career and has been incredibly supportive,” he said.
“We just wanted to do something to help, and I’m really looking forward to getting out to all the clubs, although I’ll have to practice my spot-kicks before then. The Down GAA family has always been so good to me and I just hope people come out and support this drive and donate what they can when we arrive at the various clubs.”
Kevin has also said that the event will give him an insight to what the clubs around the county are doing at present. “It will be interesting to see what clubs are getting up to and what they have planned,” he said.
“Down is a big county and there’s clubs there I haven’t actually been at, so I’m looking forward to seeing what has been happening.”
For more information on the event you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or the charity Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/KEEP.ER.LIT.13.
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