The Leixlip Tennis Club’s Annual Christmas Charity event took place on 27 December 2017.
This year, the event was in support of Cystinosis Ireland. Cystinosis is a rare, metabolic disease characterised by an accumulation of the amino acid, cystine, in organs and tissues, leading to severe organ dysfunction. Because the disease is so rare, in addition to raising much- needed funds, it is also very important to raise awareness of Cystinosis and its debilitating features.
The grandson of one of the club stalwarts, Sean Kavanagh has this disease so this is a cause that is close to the hearts of the members of Leixlip Tennis Club. As such, there was a great turnout to support to this worthwhile cause.
The weather played its part also with the sun shining throughout the entire event and everyone enjoying some great tennis and having some great fun and banter on and off court.
This year, we introduced a perpetual trophy for the winners of the event and it is more than fitting that there were joint winners on the day, with Brian Donohoe and Paul Stone taking the crown. Congratulations to them both.
In addition to Leixlip Tennis Club members, there was representation from surrounding tennis clubs, including Celbridge Tennis Club and Clane Tennis Club, who all came out to join in the fun and support our charity endeavours.
The Leixlip Tennis Club Christmas Charity event is an annual event and has been running for many years, with thanks to Brian and Patricia Donohoe, who have been on hand each year to organise the event and this year they had the support of Sharon Ashmore who was the scorekeeper and helped with organising the draws and Enzo Dowling, who took many of the fantastic pictures for the club’s website.
Brian and Patricia's now famous mulled wine was once again served up in addition to other tasty treats that were donated by many of our members. These delicious refreshments were enjoyed between sessions and at the end of the tournament.
A big thank you goes out to everyone who took part and those that, even though they couldn’t make it on the day, still supported the event with generous donations.