Ratoath GAA’s Healthy Club committee hosted a SafeTALK training course in December attended by 20 trainees, to raise awareness of how to approach and assist those with suicidal thoughts. This 3 hour session was most informative and engaging and was the quickest three hours of a workshop that most of the attendees had ever experienced. The trainees were invited from within the club and the wider Ratoath community. It is hoped to run similar SafeTALK workshops for all interested club coaches during 2019.
Operation Transformation Walk Sat 12th Jan 2019
Ratoath GAA hosted a walk on Sat 12th Jan 2019 to coincide with National Walk Day and the launch of RTE’s Operations Transformation. 75 walkers participated including 35 non-members who were visiting Sean Eiffe Park for the first time. As this was a Healthy Club initiative designed to reach out to the wider Ratoath Community to encourage healthier life styles and activities, the number of new visitors was most encouraging and welcome.
Healthy Club Launch
Ratoath GAA’s status as a GAA Healthy Club was formally launched on Sat 12th Jan 2019 in conjunction with the Operations Transformation Walk. This is a very important development for the club as we are one of only 5 Meath clubs chosen for inclusion in the GAA’s Phase 3 Healthy Club Program.
As one of its main Healthy club projects for the year the club has chosen to host a Community Walking Program and have named the Walking Group as the Ratoath Ramblers. There will be three program of walks throughout the year, January, March (to celebrate the return of Summertime) and September (back to school). These are the most popular times of the year for organised Walks. The Monday night walks start at 7.50pm with a warmup and the actual walking starts at 8.00pm. There are three distances to choose from, 1k, 3k and 5k and all are led by a trained Walk Leader. To join us simply turn up in appropriate clothes and footwear for the weather conditions and allow 10 mins on your first night to complete the registration process. Children especially welcome.
The second Healthy Club project for this year is the Health Breakfast we offer back at our clubhouse to all participants of the Darkness into Light run at Fairyhouse Racecourse fundraiser for Pieta House. We start cooking at 5.00am and usually feed the last runner sometime around 7.00am. It has proven to be a very popular and well appreciated event. While we don’t charge for the breakfast, we do collect voluntary contributions for Pieta House.
Further Healthy Club projects will be announced throughout the year.