Rhode man Ethiopia bound with GAA stars

A RHODE man is among a group of 30 bound for Ethiopia in January on a special chairty mission.

A RHODE man is among a group of 30 bound for Ethiopia in January on a special chairty mission.

Vinny Grennan, a former Chairman of Rhode Minor GAA Club along with the likes of Oisin McConville, Bomber Liston, Chris O’Connor, John Lynch and Offalys own superstar Brian Whelahan, hopes to raise enough money to build a new school and sport facility in the Tigray region.

Vinny told the Offaly Express his inspiration for the trip came from yet another sporting personality.

“I was talking to Tracey Piggott who I know well and she suggested I should go on the trip. Then it played on my mind for a long time,” said Vinny.

He said charity work is in the blood as the family who reared Greyhounds, always donated a pup to St Luke’s once a year. “It’s a worthwhile trip and makes you appreciate what you have at home,” said Vinny.

At the end of January 2012 the group will travel out to Northern Ethiopia with the charity Playing for life which has been chosen as the GAA charity of 2011 for ten days.

During this time the group will bring all the funds they have raised with them to give to local contractors in Ethiopia who will in turn build the new school and sports facility.

“We will be coaching the kids about hurling and football,” said Vinny.

As well as this the group will do a number of walks while in the region.

“I understand that we are in tough times but I would be extremely grateful if people could donate as much as they could afford to this wonderful cause. All donations will be greatly accepted no matter how big or small. People can donate on line on my charity link http://www.mycharity.ie/event/vinny_grennans_event/,” Vinny concluded.

Future fundraising events will be published in the ‘Offaly Express’.