Cork City FC signs Mercy Hospital Foundation..

Cork City FC signs Mercy Hospital Foundation

Following last Friday night’s kick off their league campaign, Cork City FC are pleased to announce details of their latest signing, the Mercy Hospital Foundation, which has been selected as the club’s Official Charity Partner for 2014.

Throughout the 2014 season, Cork City FC will lend its support to the Mercy Hospital Foundation through a series of events, activities, and the support of fundraisers helping to raise awareness and support amongst Cork City FC supporters.

The partnership announcement was made at a launch event held in the Drawing Room of the Mercy Hospital on Tuesday 11th March, attended by Cork City FC Board members, a number of players including Garry Buckley and Brian Lenihan, the Board of the Mercy Hospital Foundation and Hospital representatives.

Speaking at the launch, Tim Murphy, Chief Executive of Cork City FC said: “We are extremely pleased to announce the partnership with the Mercy Hospital Foundation. We chose the Mercy as our 2014 Charity Partner, because as a supporter-owned club, the values of sustainability, volunteerism and community that are at the heart of our club are integral too to the work carried out in the Mercy University Hospital.”

The Mercy Hospital Foundation’s Testicular Cancer Awareness Programme is one key area of focus in the partnership, and the aim is to increase the awareness of testicular cancer in young men in Cork and to encourage them to take a proactive approach to looking after their own health. 

Micheál Sheridan, CEO, the Mercy Hospital Foundation said “By educating Cork’s young men on the importance of early diagnosis and detection of testicular cancer, we will save lives in the future. The need for early diagnosis and detection of testicular cancer was highlighted recently in soccer circles, when Drogheda United striker, Gary O’Neill was diagnosed with testicular cancer.”

He added “To mark this, one of the key fundraising events already confirmed is a bucket collection at Cork City FC’s home game against Drogheda United on Good Friday, April 18th, and we’re encouraging as many supporters as possible to come out and shout for their team, while also helping to raise vital funds that will save lives.”

The bucket collection is the first of the many activities planned for 2014, and details of future activities will be announced in the coming months.

 Micheál Sheridan concluded “Our mission is to support the Hospital in delivering the highest quality of patient care by raising funds to support advancements and innovation in the treatment and care of patients at the Mercy Hospital, the People’s Hospital. We promise to do our very best to provide a world class hospital, right on your doorstep, and this is only possible through the help of our supporters and donors, and partnerships like this one with Cork City FC.”

Further information is available on www.mercyfundraising.ie or by calling (021) 4274076. A full list of Cork City FC 2014 fixtures is available at www.corkcityfc.ie.

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