The ‘Club Together’ initiative aims to capitalise on the unique community spirit in the GAA to help the elderly

GAA headquarters Croke Park where the GAA, SuperValu and Centra launched a new initiative’Club Together’ to help elderly communities during the Covid-19 health crisis.

The GAA along with SuperValu and Centra have launched a new initiative ‘Club Together’ to support the elderly communities, during these unprecedented times.

‘Club Together’ aims to capitalise on the unique community spirit within the GAA, by helping the elderly who do not have family and friends around to support them.

To get the new programme up and running, SuperValu, Centra and the GAA have made an urgent appeal to GAA Clubs across the country, to volunteer to be part of ‘Club Together’.

Members of GAA clubs are being asked to join a local task force to assist the elderly with their food shopping needs.

The next step is then for GAA clubs to partner with their local SuperValu or Centra store.

Any GAA Clubs interested in giving their time to ‘Club Together’, are asked to contact their local SuperValu or Centra store to find out more.

Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael John Horan released a statement on the initive today:

“This is a testing time and one when the oft-mentioned virtues of the GAA’s Community ethos needs to come to the fore.

“This is happening already and through this most worthwhile initiative it will continue to happen, making a positive tangible difference to those in our communities who may need assistance.

“I am strongly encouraging our clubs and members to look at this initiative and to throw their weight behind it.

“Our reach across the island is reflected in the SuperValu and Centra networks and I believe working together we can ensure that everyone is connected and has access to the basic essentials we all need at a time like this.”

Martin Kelleher, Managing Director SuperValu and Centra, added:

“Supporting our communities is one of the most important things we do.

“We’re delighted to team up with the GAA, a long-term partner of ours, to support the elderly in our communities.

“We understand this is an extraordinary time for a huge number of people across the country and we encourage every GAA club to contact and partner with their local SuperValu or Centra store this weekend.”

Further information on the Club Together initiative and how the elderly can avail of the service will be announced next week.