This past Saturday, the gyms were full of action, fun and sportsmanship all day in support of a great cause. The Tom O’Donnell tournament brings students, parents, teachers and alumni together for a day of indoor soccer and fun, in memory of a former student, while raising well over 1200 Euro for two cancer charities!
The first Tom O’Donnell indoor football tournament took place at St. John’s in 1998 in memory of Tom O’Donnell, a student from our school who lost his battle with cancer. While Tom was ill, it was brought to the attention of his family and friends that there were no hospital wards adapted to teenagers – the wards were either for adults or children. After his death, the Tom O’Donnell football tournament began to raise money in his memory for the ‘Teenage Cancer Trust’ in the U.K. (www.teencancer.org) and the Belgian charity ‘Jour Après Jour’ which aims to save and improve the lives of children with cancer.
Thank you to Andy Woods and Tanya Gingell for organizing, to Boosters for their generous donation, and to everyone who participated, volunteered or was somehow involved in making the tournament a success! See you next year for our 50th anniversary edition of the Tom O’Donnell tournament.