Fundraiser for Ringsend’s Karl all set to make a splash

by Rachel Darcy

Members of a rowing club in Ringsend are banding together to raise thousands of euro for a member who was re-diagnosed with cancer before Christmas.

Karl Doyle has been involved with St Patrick’s Rowing Club from a young age, and has a huge passion for the sport.

He was diagnosed with leukaemia a few years ago and had been in remission, hoping to make a rowing comeback, but before Christmas tests revealed that Karl’s cancer had returned.

Now, the club are hosting a Million Metres For Karl rowing event on March 29 outside Ringsend Library, hoping to raise thousands to support Karl and his young family.

A number of stationary rowing machines will be set up outside the library, alongside two large screens to count how many miles have been clocked up, with all those taking part aiming to row the distance for Karl.

One of the organisers of the event, Eimear McCormack, told Dublin Gazette that Karl is a much-loved member of the club, with everyone rallying to support.

“There are already so many people who are looking to take part in the event.

“Karl has a young child and only got married six months before he was diagnosed again, so everyone’s looking to support him as best we can.

“Given that we’re a rowing club, we thought this was the best way to go about it!

“We’ll be making it as accessible as possible. Members of Karl’s family want to take part, as well as members of the club, and it’ll be open to children as well, so we can all band together and clock up a million miles on the rowing machines for Karl.

“The quarter finals of the Heineken Cup will be on in the Aviva that day as well, so we’re hopeful that a few generous passers-by will give some donations as well!”

So far, the GoFundMe page for the event has almost reached its target of €5,000, but Elaine says that they plan to extend the target out to €30,000 as offline donations come in as well.

To find out more information on how you can donate to the cause, visit the GoFundMe page.

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