Celbridge Footballer to kick 2500 footballs for St.Vincent de Paul

By Robert Cox Dec 13th

On Sunday December 20th next, Celbridge footballer Aaron Browne will kick 2500 frees from the 21 yard line to raise money for St.Vincent de Paul.

Browne 18, who was one of the stars of the Kildare Gaa Minor Football team that won the Leinster Final against Dublin in 2019, will take on the mammoth task on his home pitch at Celbridge Gaa.

The talented forward scored 1-07 in that 2019 decider and a further 0-05 as Kildare bowed out at the All-Ireland semi final stages to Galway. Browne later went on to be named at wing-forward on the Minor Football team of the Championship following his fine displays.

Aaron Browne Kildare, made the 2019 Minor Football Team of the Year.

2020 hasn’t been as busy for the former Salesian College student but he did help Celbridge minors to the semi final of the championship before restrictions and lockdowns called it all to a premature halt. A call up to the Club’s senior team also came his way and a bright future looks on the cards.

For now though, Browne is not looking beyond next week’s challenge and is delighted to be doing his part for a charity he firmly believes in;

“I’ve been busy building up to the big day. Getting down to the pitch and getting as many kicks as I can. Today (Sunday) I did 500. I plan to do it all in one day, maybe over the course of ten hours. I’ll use about 40-50 footballs and do about 52-55 rounds, incase I miss any! Thankfully a few of my friends have agreed to come down and help me out and hopefully I’ll get underway around 7am.

Aaron practicing at Celbridge Gaa a week out from the challenge.

I’m only too happy to help St.Vincent de Paul out. They are a charity who do great work for families and children, especially in the run up to Christmas. 

Any donations made would be greatly appreciated and thank you so much to everyone who in advance”

Aaron has raised €2569.00 to date, just over a euro for every shot!! If you would like to donate to his fundraiser you can do so by clicking on the link below ⬇️

https://www.gofundme.com/f/my-attempt-at-kicking-2500-balls-from-21-yards?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1

Aaron, on the right, with fellow Salesian College student and Kildare team mate from 2019 Johnny Owens, showing off the Leinster Cup in the school.

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