Mairead Cogan (Supple) “Plant the Planet Games” in Kenya.

Mairead Cogan (Supple) “Plant the Planet Games” in Kenya.

“Like all events in 2020 my volunteer trip with Self Help Africa was cancelled, only months before we were due to travel. I wasn’t sure if I would ever get the chance to go again with Covid and the world crises. But thankfully I am getting a chance to go this year.

Warriors For Humanity in partnership with Self Help Africa and the GPA have launched “Plant the Planet Games” in Kenya.

Taking place in Kenya from the 19th to 27th November, the historic games are the brainchild of Warriors for Humanity founder and former Galway dual player Alan Kerins and will feature 50 male and female Inter-County Gaelic Games players from all four codes. The aim is to highlight the impact of climate change and raise sufficient funds to plant one million trees in Africa.

I have committed to raising €10,000. The funds raised will go to Self Help Africa to support the planting of trees, essential not only to combating the increasing impact of climate change but also as a way of providing sustainable income for local communities by way of shelter and food.

As the weeks count down the excitement is building but so to are the nervous and the realisation of what exactly I am about to undertake and witness.

A fundraising page has been set up if you can support me, I would really appreciate it. Thank you. “