Camogie Association announce ChildFund as their chosen charity partner

Camogie stars get on their bike for ChildFund

The Camogie Association is pleased to announce ChildFund Ireland as their chosen charity partner. ChildFund Ireland is an independent not-for-profit organisation working with children, families and communities in Africa, Asia and the Americas.

The Camogie Association and ChildFund Ireland, which is part of the International ChildFund Alliance, working in 56 countries supporting 15 million people worldwide, will work on a number of key initiatives focussing initially on the Dream Bikes project.

Dream Bikes will involve individuals and Camogie clubs nationwide, raising funds to support the cost of purchasing bikes for schoolchildren in the countries in which ChildFund work. Further details will be announced in the coming weeks; with Camogie clubs encouraged to support the project.

Inter-county Camogie stars, Mags D’Arcy (Wexford and ChildFund Ireland Ambassador), Aoife Murray (Cork), Down Camogie player Fionnuala Carr and Sarah Dervan of Galway joined with CEO of ChildFund Ireland Mick Kiely to announce the charity partnership.

Speaking about the charity announcement President of the Camogie Association, Catherine Neary said:

“I am delighted that the Camogie Association’s chosen charity partner is ChildFund.  ChildFund has a long history of working within communities with children across the world.  Both the Camogie Association and ChildFund are very much based in the community setting. The Dream Bikes initiative provides us with the opportunity to support less advantaged children living in communities to attend school thereby making a major contribution to their education and a brighter future. This project will highlight what can be achieved when we work together.”



Speaking about the partnership Mick Kiely, CEO of ChildFund said: 

ChildFund are grateful to Catherine Neary, President of the Camogie Association for choosing our organisation as its charity partner of choice. The Dream Bikes campaign will have an amazing positive effect on the lives of thousands of children in the developing world, all thanks to the Camogie Association and this partnership.”

“The idea of organic development through the bedrock of community is very much in line with ChildFund’s work in developing countries where we endeavour to empower children to progress in life,” added Kiely.


For further information contact Claire Egan, Communications & Marketing Director, The Camogie Association, Tel: 01 865 8618/087 9030 755 Email:

ChildFund Ireland Mick Kiely, 01 6762128/086 678 6391 Email:

Brian MacNeill, Communications Officer, 01 676 2128. Email:

Notes to the editor:

Images are available FOC from Inpho Photography

ChildFund Ireland works in partnership with children and communities to create change by promoting children’s rights and supporting community development. Their unique approach focuses on working with children, regardless of race, creed or gender.

The Dream Bikes project is part of a global campaign, to raise funds to purchase bikes for children in the countries in which ChildFund works. Camogie clubs will be encouraged to raise funds to donate to ChildFund in order to purchase bikes for school going children.

ChildFund Ireland was founded and registered in 1991. It became operational five years later and in 2002 became a member of ChildFund Alliance. This is a global organisation with members in Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan and the USA.

Today, ChildFund programmes promote long-term sustainable development and are designed to help break the cycle of poverty – the first of the Millennium Development Goals.

The Camogie Association is one of Ireland’s largest female sports organisations, established in 1904. The game of Camogie is played nationally and internationally and there are currently 592 Camogie clubs.