Calling on GAA clubs to deliver copies of The Irish News to help neighbours stay connected
THE Irish News is calling on GAA volunteers to help deliver copies of the newspaper to people in their community and earn money for their club during the coronavirus pandemic.
The paper is reaching out to clubs because as a community-based organisation it is best placed to drop a copy of the Irish News to their neighbours - either through a member building the delivery into their morning routine or perhaps a group of volunteers who can share the responsibility.
As well as helping elderly neighbours stay connected at a time when they are not able to socialise as they were used to before coronavirus restrictions were brought in, members will be able to raise cash for their club during what has been a challenging financial time for the GAA.
Clubs can collect £2 per week for every reader, so if they deliver newspapers to 10 separate households that would be £20 a week - with no upper limit on the number of newspapers they can deliver.
St Peter's GAC Warrenpoint has already started deliveries and secretary Anne McCormack said they began with a list of readers who had contacted the Irish News asking if there was any way to get the paper at home.
"It's going very well. We have a very good team within our club. We set up a Covid-19 response team at the start of lockdown and therefore it was easy for us to fit naturally into delivering the Irish News," she said.
"We had a system for doing messages and collecting prescriptions and dog walking for people who can't get out of the house and now we have a WhatApp group set up called `Irish News' and if someone can't do their delivery they put it in and someone else take it on.
"As well as playing fames we do see our role to operate at the heart of our community for the whole of families and the whole of life."
Irish News marketing manager John Brolly said the paper looks forward to working with clubs across the province of Ulster.
"It is great to hear the experience of St Peter’s GAC, Warrenpoint in terms of how rewarding it is for their volunteers to feel they are helping people on their doorstep stay connected.
"It is very easy for someone within the club to build it into their morning routine or there may be a group of volunteers who can share the responsibility. It can be a retired person or a young person looking to add a volunteer element to their CV.
"With the GAA championship starting this weekend there will certainly be a demand for the Irish News. We are up and running with a number of clubs in Antrim, Derry and Down and are keen to extend the network for the benefit of our readers."
If any GAA club or individual volunteer is interested in helping older people stay connected and raising funds for their club at the same time they can email email@example.com and we will get back to them on how to start the service in their area.