GOAL and AIB thank the thousands of people who took part in the GOAL Mile over the Christmas period, with over €400,000 being donated at fundraising events in Ireland and abroad.
The Christmas tradition of running, jogging or walking a Mile in support of GOAL’s work has taken place since the 1980’s. With the support of AIB for the first time, GOAL sees this as the biggest event yet. Funds raised at annual nationwide and international events support the agency’s emergency response and humanitarian work in 14 countries in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.
GOAL’s Chief Executive Officer, Siobhan Walsh, thanks participants and highlights how the GOAL Mile is essential to GOAL’s mission to fight poverty.
“This year’s GOAL Mile has been truly exceptional. It was inspiring to see how eager people were, not just to support GOAL’s work, but to get out and re-connect with each other. We want to thank everyone for organising, helping out and turning up to their local GOAL Mile this Christmas. There were events in 28 counties across Ireland, as well as GOAL Miles on every continent around the globe. By showing up and donating, you have made a difference in someone’s life.”
She adds “While normality is closer to being restored here in Ireland, the impact of Covid-19 in the global south is still profound. The support of thousands of people for the GOAL Mile helps us continue to work with vulnerable communities, to enable them to weather the impact of shocks like Covid, conflict and climate change.”
AIB Chief Executive Colin Hunt says “We are thrilled to have been able to help make the GOAL Mile the biggest one yet and are looking forward to working with GOAL in 2022. Communities in Ireland stepped up to join us in supporting GOAL’s work to transform the lives of the some of the world’s most vulnerable people. On behalf of AIB, I’d like to extend a big thank you, and well done to all who took part.”
Ms Walsh is already looking towards the 2022 GOAL Mile with AIB, which she says will be a landmark event.
“A very special word of thanks to all our friends at AIB, whose incredible support and commitment helped make this a GOAL Mile to remember and the biggest one yet. The results speak for themselves and demonstrate the power of partnership. We already look forward to working with Colin and his colleagues for the 2022 event which will be the 40th anniversary of the GOAL mile”.
“GOAL invites all who took part in the GOAL Mile to stay engaged throughout the year, to see the impact of their support across the globe.”