Thursday 18 December 2014

Johnny and Rob lend support to fan paralysed in accident

Published 31/01/2014 | 02:30

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Jack Kavanagh is a 21 yeat old pharmacy student who suffered a catastrophic spinal injury. He is paralysed from the chest down and requires 24 hour care. The Jack Kavanagh Trust was established to raise the funds required for his long term care and as part of that fundraising effort, a charity rubgy match is being held in Donnybrook on 20th March 2014 at 6.30pm between traditional rivals the Jesuit Schools and the Holy Ghost Schools. Tickets will be available from mid February in Lifestyle Sports, Ticketmaster and the participating Schools.
Pictured with Jack are Johnny Sexton and Rob Kearney.
Picture by Shane O'Neill / Copyright Fennell Photography 2014.
Jack with Johnny Sexton and Rob Kearney.

RUGBY stars Rob Kearney and Jonathan Sexton have lent their support to a charity match raising funds for a fan who was left paralysed from the chest down.

The Ireland internationals were on hand at Trinity College Dublin to announce details of the game in support of pharmacy student Jack Kavanagh (21) who broke his neck in a diving accident in August 2012.

Kearney said: "We would love to see as many people as possible packing out the stadium on March 20, it's for a really good cause.

"What's struck me most about Jack is that it was such an innocuous injury that could happen anyone. The game that we play can be very dangerous at times, so if we're in a position to lend our support we're happy to do it."

The game, which Ross O'Carroll-Kelly fans in particular will appreciate, will see rival rugby schools combining to form two Barbarians-style teams.

Clongowes Wood College, Belvedere College and Gonzaga College will unite to face off Blackrock, St Michael's, St Mary's and Templeogue Colleges.

The charity match will take place in Donnybrook Stadium under lights on March 20 at 6.30pm. Tickets for the event are available from Lifestyle sports outlets and participating schools.

Irish Independent

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