Players are box-office hit at 'Jungle Book' screening in Dundrum fundraiser
Leinster players including Mike Ross, Jack McGrath and Jack Conan were in attendance at Movies at Dundrum on Tuesday night and tackled the popcorn dispenser, dished out the fizzy drinks and ushered cinemagoers to their seats at a unique fundraising screening of 'The Jungle Book' in aid of The Alzheimer Society of Ireland.
Other players including Josh van der Flier, Colm O'Shea, James Tracy, Isaac Boss, Tadhg Furlong, Garry Ringrose, Mike McCarthy, Cathal Marsh, Tom Daly, Oisin Heffernan and David O'Connor did much more than the bare necessities meeting and greeting fans, doling out the goodies and ushering cinemagoers to their seats at this fun event.
The ASI is one of Leinster Rugby's charity partners this year and this fundraiser is just one of several events organised to raise both awareness and vital funds for people living with dementia and their family carers.
Interim head of fundraising with The Alzheimer Society of Ireland Mairead Dillon said: "We would like to say a huge thank you to the Leinster squad for taking the time to host this fantastic event. The cinemagoers were delighted to meet their sporting heroes and it really was a night to remember. There are more than 48,000 people living with dementia in Ireland cared for by more than 50,000 carers. The beauty of events such as these is not only do they raise vital funding they also help to raise awareness of the condition."
Leinster Rugby media manager and CSR Committee member, Marcus Ó Buachalla, said: "We were very excited to be involved in this unique fundraising event for The ASI. I know the lads enjoyed it and it was a perfect opportunity to raise vital funds to help those living with dementia in Ireland, while also having a good time. We are delighted to have The ASI as one of our charity partners this year and would like to thank all the Leinster supporters that came out last night to support this great event."
There are approximately 48,000 people living with dementia in Ireland. This number is expected to increase significantly in the coming years; rising to 68,216 people by 2021 and to 132,000 people by 2041.
The Alzheimer Society of Ireland National Helpline is open six days a week Monday to Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday 10am-4pm on 1800 341 341.
For further information, check out www.alzheimer.ie or check out www.leinsterrugby.ie/charitypartners