The fourth annual Foods McLoughlin Cup took place once again this year and despite having to alter the format from previous years the fundraising committee still managed to raise over €15000 for the Maria Goretti Foundation. In previous years the organising committee raised funds by playing a charity football tournament in Oriel Park raising money for worthy local charity’s including local girl Zoe Murphy who needed money to travel to America for a life changing operation.
With Covid restrictions ongoing the committee had to move operations online and this year the Food Cup was awarded to the team who managed to walk the most miles in a week. After a gruelling week of walking, jogging and running 80 participants clocked up over 2000 kms with ‘He’s got a pineapple on his head’ coming out on top to win the Foods Run.
Robert McLoughlin was tragically killed outside his home in the early hours of the morning in October 2017.
‘Foods’ as he was affectionately known had just got out of a taxi across the road from his house when he was struck by two cars on the Newry Road. The huge Dundalk FC supporter had earlier attended the Dundalk V Bohemians game in Oriel Park where he was well known by all at the club. Friends of Robert organised a soccer tournament in his memory shortly after his death which raised €10000 for the Irish Roads Victims Association.
Last year the committee decided to try and raise funds for the Temple Street Children’s Hospital with the Foods McLoughlin tournament and once again it was a massive success. The Foods Cup committee thanked everybody who took part in this year’s event as well as all the sponsors who helped make the fundraiser possible. The event was given a further boost earlier this week when Dundalk FC midfielder Jordan Flores very generously gave up his recent FAI Winners Cup medal for auction with all funds going towards Maria Goretti Foundation. At the time of going to press the highest bid stood at €1400 for the medal.
For anybody who wants to donate to the cause the Foods committee are holding a raffle on the 31st of December with plenty of brilliant prizes up for grabs. Each line costs €2 and all entries can be purchased through the Foods McLoughlin GoFundMe page. https://www.gofundme.com/f/foodsrun?utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_lico+share-sheet