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Munster players weigh in for charities

Daragh Small

Published 10/04/2015 | 02:30

Donncha O'Callaghan
Donncha O'Callaghan

March was a busy month for the Munster players, who dedicated some of their time to help out charities both near and far.

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Donncha O'Callaghan went all the way to Lebanon for UNICEF, while others helped out with Lisa's Light, Daffodil Day 2015, Cliona's Foundation, Clare's Wish Foundation, Bank of Ireland training session, Limerick's clean up and Cork Autism.

O'Callaghan, in his role as UNICEF Ireland Goodwill Ambassador, travelled to Bekka Valley on the border between Syria and Jordan.

On March 24, Keith Earls launched the Lisa Light anti-suicide campaign. Eight anti-suicide messages of hope were beamed out across the River Shannon - the brainchild of Katie Whelan, whose cousin passed away after entering the river.

On March 27, Cian Bohane and Johnny Holland joined Daffodil Day volunteers working at the Bon Secours Hospital in Cork.

As part of Clare's Wish Foundation, Patrick Hannon met with his Munster heroes following their win over Connacht at Thomond Park. On the following day Munster teamed up with Bank of Ireland to have an open training session with some of their younger fans.

On Good Friday, Paul O'Connell, CJ Stander and Conor Murray were part of a 10,000-strong group who undertook a major clean-up of Limerick.

Karen O'Mahony raised some much needed funds for autism when she organised the annual Masquerade Ball and some of the autism community in Cork got to meet with the Munster players at a training session in Cork IT on Tuesday last.

Irish Independent

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