24-hour charity tennis marathon this weekend!

Two great charities team up for Mixed Doubles. Double the fun, double the funds too!

This is an appeal to the whole community: come on down and play to raise money.  Whether you’ve played before or not, it doesn’t matter, you’re still welcome, and bring a friend too. Book a slot, get sponsored, raise money or just come along and donate, get on the courts and enjoy this fantastic sport, and all for two great causes.

Newcastle Tennis Club hosts suicide prevention charity PIPS/MYMY and Search and Rescue Dog Association Ireland North (SARDA  IN) for a fun tennis marathon from noon this Friday 1st – noon Sat 2nd May. The local Club is hoping to have at least one court in use right around the clock to raise money for these two charities which are in great need of vital donations to keep on doing their important work.

PIPS/MYMY and SARDA are two local charities, small but mighty.  They both do phenomenal work to protect our community in very different but equally important ways.

“SARDA IN provides qualified search dogs which are specifically trained to search for people missing in mountainous terrain, lowland areas and collapsed structures locally and internationally.  SARDA IN also provides drowned victim search dogs to locate people missing in rivers, lakes and the sea. Last year search dogs and their handlers responded to numerous calls for assistance.

“It is thanks to the expertise and dedication of unpaid volunteers that these dogs are ready at a moment’s notice to search for people in need or to bring vital closure to families. The money donated to SARDA IN as part of the 24hr tennis marathon will go towards essential equipment and running costs, vehicles, boat and engine, national external assessment costs, waterproof clothing, dog jackets, first aid equipment and numerous other essentials to keep us operational. For more information on SARDA IN check out our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/sarda.irelandnorth,” Neil said.

PIPS is “an organisation focused on helping people raise self-esteem, self-awareness, self-care and ultimately this will result in respect for oneself. To have respect for oneself is what life’s journey is all about. As many of you are aware, suicide is too common in our communities and many individuals are finding certain aspects of their life a challenge.

“In today’s society some individuals struggle on a daily basis with a range of issues including bereavement, financial concerns, relationship problems, sexuality etc. We at PIPS/MYMY are simply here to help. For more info you can click here www.pipsnewcastle.com or follow us on Facebook/Twitter @ Mind Your Mate and Yourself @MYMY_NI.”

One of the organisers, tennis club member, Hazel Carder explained why the event was so important:
“We are a local Club and wanted to do something which involved and supported the local community. We are privileged to be able to support PIPs/MYMY and SARDA IN, two charities which make a big difference to people’s lives but which rely on voluntary donations to deliver their services.”

If you would like to take part in the tennis extravaganza or would like to raise funds, please contact Hazel Carder on 07786 636866 or Wendy Laffin on 07955 310095.




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