Gym Jam, 20 July 2019, 2pm-late
Gym Jam 2019 is nearly upon us, and you will find all of the essential information about the event right here!
Who’s Behind the Gym Jam?
Gym Jam was started in 2018 by Alex Sampson and Ainle Ó Cairealláin as a vehicle to raise money for a great cause and also bring people together for a great night of music, entertainment, and dance in the unusual setting of a strength and conditioning facility. Alex did a recent interview with the Evening Echo, and describes it like this:
“My involvement in Gym Jam came about through training at ACLAÍ, the gym that will host the event. One day, myself and Ainle (owner of ACLAÍ) were training when the topic of having a party in the gym came up and I looked around the room and was able to instantly visualize it. We decided it would be a great idea to have a party there as a fundraiser for anyone we knew who needed it and shortly after, one of the coaches at ACLAÍ ended up qualifying for the Wheelchair Rugby World Championships in Sydney and couldn’t get funding, so that was all we needed to get going. We put it all together and raised over €5,000 for him.
This year we are fundraising for the Palestine Community Gym project and have a goal of €30,000 to raise overall which we hope to make a sizeable dent in with the Gym Jam.”
The Gym Jam Back Story
The Gym Jam is a fundraising event to open the Palestine Community Gym in the Aida Refugee Camp in the West Bank, which is a project that we have been involved in since August 2018. After 2 trips to Palestine last year, this is a project that we are very passionate about getting across the line, and we need to raise €30000 to make it happen. Life in a Palestinian refugee camp has many negative side effects, including high levels of diabetes, hypertension, and mental health issues. However, this project is about more than just building a gym. In a recent interview with the Middle East Monitor, Ainle described it like this:
“So when people ask why a gym, I say it’s about getting around the restrictions that people have had placed on them unjustly. It’s about being able to find a gap in the walls that the Palestinians have wrapped around them, physically or otherwise. When Israel is trying to block everything that’s of benefit, trying to squeeze them until life just isn’t worth it anymore, the project is a way of ensuring this doesn’t happen.”
Overview of Gym Jam 2019 (20 July 2019)
This year Gym Jam is going to be a full day event (20th Juley 2019, kicking off with a family friendly outdoor event, lovely food, face painting, magic tricks, live music, and a pop up shop selling handmade goods from the West Bank. From 8pm its over 18’s with indoor music and dance.
Daytime Line-Up (2pm-7pm)
The event will kick off at 2pm with music from Nuadán, Elaine Malone, Clare Sands, a very special and secret guest band that will be revealed on the day, and Moxie. Stevie G and Lisa Oh will be on the decks to bring us in to the over 18s evening event.
Entertainment and Fun for Children (2pm-6pm)
We have made a big effort to make Gym Jam 2019 a family and pet friendly event, and part of this includes free face painting, a play area for kids, some balloon making and magic tricks!
There will be delicious food available made by our Lón Mór Long Table Lunch regulars, and our guest Chéf on the day Bryan McCarthy, who is the executive chef at Greene’s Restaurant on McCurtain Street. We will also have handmade gelato from Yum Gelato, thanks to the great support from Marcus Hodder.
Pop Up Palestinian Shop (2pm- 6pm)
During the day we will host a one day only pop-up shop selling handmade Palestinian crafts from the West Bank. One the day we will have keffieh scarves, ceramics, wine glasses, books, embroidery, soaps, olive oil, and a few more beautifully selected products that would make great gifts either for yourself or for someone else!
Evening Line Up (8pm - Late)
From 8pm on wards we will have Ciara Brady and Paul T on decks, followed by KNEECAP, with Fish Go Deep bringing us home late into the night. From 8pm, its strictly over 18s.
We have an amazing raffle organized for the day and will be announcing the prizes in the coming days and weeks, with raffle tickets being sold on the day and during the evening. Raffle prizes have been donated from far and wide, from friends, and from local businesses.
You can buy tickets for the Gym Jam by clicking through to Uticket here. Tickets for the day time section are €10 and for daytime or evening only, tickets are €15.
Want to Help Out?
If you would like to help out on the day, we are still on the lookout for volunteers for a few select jobs. You can volunteer by getting in touch with us at email@example.com
Links to More Information about the Palestine Community Gym and Gym Jam 2019