Friday 22 September 2017

Graeme McDowell flies across the globe to join Robbie Keane for Crumlin Children's Hospital

Graeme McDowell and Robbie Keane
Graeme McDowell and Robbie Keane

Robin Schiller

Golfer Graeme McDowell has hosted a golf tournament featuring several prominent sports stars in a bid to raise money for a Dublin children's hospital

Irish football captain Robbie Keane, movie star and former footballer Vinnie Jones (pictured) and Canadian ice hockey star Wayne Gretzky were among those who teed off at the Sherwood County Club in California.

Keane was playing having attended the Grammy awards the night previous with his wife Claudine.

He has had a busy week in the US - also meeting President Barack Obama at a reception for his team LA Galaxy in the White House for the second time.

Keane was named the MLS's most valuable player last December after a superb season for the LA Galaxy, who he led to the final.

McDowell, who travelled direct from the Malaysia Open to take part, posted pictures on his Twitter page, writing underneath "Great crowd here today in LA for the Crumlin fundraiser. Thanks Wayne Gretzky and Vinnie Jones for coming along".

McDowell and Keane were obviously in competition at one stage with the event organsier tweeting "Robbies keepy upy was better than mine! @CMRF_Crumlin @LAGalaxy".

The golfer has been involved with the Crumlin Children's Hospital for quite some time and previously donated $200k to the rebuild campaign of the cardiac unit.

McDowell's generous donation was made through his G-Mac Foundation.

The hospital, which will celebrate its 60th birthday next year, last week launched a campaign to raise much needed donations. Around €12m is needed per annum to meet the target of money raised for the hospital and research centre.

The golfer also took part in a 15-week social media campaign to raise funds for the Dublin institution.

The goal was to raise more than €90,000 for the Children's Medical & Research Foundation.

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