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GAA stars get behind ‘All in for Ann’ fundraiser

September 14, 2015

A host of GAA stars have stepped up to launch the upcoming “All in for Ann” charity football match set to take place on October 3rd at Dromintee GAC.

Armagh Manager Kieran McGeeney, Aileen Pyers, Ulster and Down player, Armagh Ladies’ Captain Caroline O’Hanlon and Ulster and Tyrone player Gemma Begley all joined James Daly and his daughter, Ulster and Armagh player Katie Daly, on the slopes of Slieve Gullion last week for the launch of the much anticipated fundraiser which aims to raise funds to continue research into a cure for cancer.

The line-up was the latest in a raft of well known sporting stars who have taken time out in recent months to show their support for the charitable initiative,  including All star and former Aussie rules professional Marty Clarke, former Ulster and Ireland rugby star Paddy Wallace and former Ulster and Ireland rugby star Stephen Ferris, to name a few.

The best ladies’ footballers in the country will come together on October 3rd for what promises to be an unmissable match between Ulster and the Rest of Ireland.

The event is the brainchild of former Armagh Ladies’ football manager, James Daly, in honour of his wife Ann, who died last July after a brave eight year battle with cancer.

Since then, James and his young family have endured an incredibly difficult time with Ann’s passing in July followed just eight days later by the death of James’ father and a cancer scare six weeks later for their son Ryan.  Thankfully Ryan’s tumour was found to be benign, and  he is now doing well, having come through major surgery last September.

Despite the challenges he has encountered, James has thrown his energy into the charity football fundraiser, a fitting tribute to football-mad wife Ann, who was also a former Armagh ladies board secretary.

The event, aptly named “All in for Ann”, combines Ann’s great passion for football and fundraising, and will feature various opportunities for people to additionally support the charity work, with all proceeds donated to the Ulster Cancer Foundation and Breast Cancer Awareness – two charities that Ann herself had raised money for over the years.

James, who has been sporting flowing red locks of late, will donate his shorn hair to the Little Princess Trust, alongside his two daughters on the day, while a charity auction on the evening will feature personalised and autographed match boots owned by Irish rugby legends Brian O’Driscoll and Ronan O’Gara.

Speaking about the initiative, James said,

“This event is a great opportunity to remember my wife Ann and to raise much needed funds to continue the work towards finding a cure for cancer and to help those who are struggling with it to cope.

“There are many great people involved in supporting the main event and several initiatives in the build up and we are extremely grateful for all of the work done to date.”

James appealed to anyone who can assist with any of the initiatives or support on the day to get in touch via the All in for Ann Facebook page.

Anticipation is certainly building for this exceptional event and a just giving page is also available for anyone wishing to donate at https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/james-daly-3

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