Big-hearted Damien Duff on hand to support Heart Children Ireland’s fundraiser
Irish football legend Damien Duff has urged people to donate to Heart Children Ireland during their annual fundraising week after donating half of his Shamrock Rovers salary to the charity.
Duff, who retired from football last December after a glittering career that included a Premier League title and a starring role in Ireland’s 2002 World Cup campaign, revealed that half his salary when he joined Rovers would be donated to the charity, with the other half going to Temple Street Hospital.
The former Chelsea and Blackburn winger said the decision was inspired by his young son Woody, who required heart surgery shortly after birth.
"I've done a bit in the past with charities, including Heart Children Ireland, because of my son, and it was straightforward enough,” he said at the time.
“The charities are close to my heart. My son's operation took place in London, but the check-ups were here."
Duff is a patron of Heart Children Ireland, the voluntary support group for those affected by Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) and was today launching launching the charity’s annual fundraiser which is taking place across the country this week - global Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Week.
In addition to collection points nationwide, Heart Children Ireland has created a limited number of handcrafted Floral Hearts for Valentine’s Day and these will be on sale on Dublin’s South King St on Saturday, 13 February.
“Heart Children Ireland is a small charity doing extraordinary work for children with Congenital Heart Disease from all over the country,” he said today.
“They critically need funds to ensure the continuation of their much needed services such as the provision of respite care grants, family support services and medical equipment. I really urge people to donate to Heart Children Ireland during their annual fundraising week – every cent raised will make a huge difference to a child with CHD.”
Heart Children Ireland is now calling on the next government to grant much needed medical cards to all children with born CHD.
To make a donation to Heart Children Ireland, TEXT HCI to 50300 to donate €2 or log on to www.heartchildren.ie