Martin O’Brien, the President of the Gate Bridge Club, presents a cheque for €2,500, the proceeds of the club’s annual Charity tournament, to Maureen Ward the Manager of Drogheda Homeless Aid. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Drogheda’s Gate Bridge Club has raised €2,500 for the Drogheda Homeless Aid at their annual charity tournament which was held on 17th June last.
Each year the club, which was founded in 1936, runs an open charity tournament for all of the bridge players in the region with the proceeds going to their chosen charity of the year.
Gate Club President Martin O’Brien estimates that they have raised over €50,000 for various local charities in the past 20 - 25 years.
“Bridge players are very generous towards our chosen charity, with everyone bringing a prize and/or food for the tournament so there are no running expenses on the night” Martin explained.
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The tournament was attended by 128 players from all over the region, ranging from Novice players to National Masters.
Donore, Star and Crescent and ABCD Bridge Clubs also run their own charity tournaments each year for local charities.
“Between the four clubs we make in the region of €10,000 for charity each year” Martin said.
Maureen Ward, the Manager of Drogheda Homeless Aid, thanked the members of the Drogheda Bridge for selecting Drogheda Homeless Aid (DHA) as their chosen charity this year.
She said that the she was overwhelmed by their generosity and that the €2,500 being presented would go a long way in addressing the €100,000 annual shortfall needed in the running of DHA.
“A total of 154 people were provided with accommodation in the Homeless Aid hostel on the North Strand and also in our 8 transitional and long-term houses during 2018” Maureen told Drogheda Life.
“I estimate that the levels of support needed and the requirements to provide shelter, supports and food to homeless people would be similar in 2019, as there seems to be no end in sight to the housing crisis and the ensuing homelessness issues.”