LIMERICK hurling star Aaron Gillane has been named as an Ambassador for humanitarian relief and development charity, GOAL.
The recently named All-Star was unveiled as an Ambassador by GOAL CEO and Limerick woman Siobhán Walsh at Patrickswell GAA this week.
GOAL is an international aid charity dedicated to alleviating the suffering of the poorest of the poor.
Ms Walsh says that Gillane was an absolute inspiration to both the GOAL team and to so many young people, and that they were delighted to have him on board.
“GOAL works in 13 countries throughout Africa, the Middle East and Latin America providing emergency relief, essential healthcare, nutrition education and developing sustainable livelihoods. Ambassadors play a vital role in the organisation by sharing GOAL’s story and why it matters, and we look forward to tapping into Aaron’s skills in working with youth in the weeks and months ahead,” the CEO says.
“The global challenges we face in the world today are enormous and there are no easy fixes. And by being a member of the GOAL team, our Ambassadors such as Aaron are playing a very important role in creating this change,” she adds.
The 23-year-old has been plying his trade with Patrickswell from a young age and was an integral figure in the club’s recent county final success over powerhouses Na Piarsaigh. He spoke of his delight on joining GOAL.
“It’s a privilege for me to help inform and put a spotlight on the incredible work overseas, and to reinforce the point that we can all do something to change our world. I’m looking forward to the opportunities I will have to discuss GOAL’s work with a wide audience of people and to share my own passions about what it takes to achieve your own goals in life,” he explains.
Gillane joins a long list of GOAL sports ambassadors, including Mungret woman Roisín Upton, who last weekend scored the deciding penalty to send the Irish hockey ladies to this summer’s Tokyo Olympics.