Monday 18 December 2017

Footballers strip their talent bare for a good cause

A dozen League of Ireland players stripped off for a good cause this week as they posed for a calendar to aid the fundraising drive for Drogheda United's Gary O'Neill.

The striker was diagnosed with testicular cancer in September and the calendar will be sold by a selection of the featured players outside tomorrow's FAI Cup final between Drogheda and Sligo Rovers at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

Shamrock Rovers midfielder James Chambers, a friend of O'Neill, came up with the idea and has given up eight weeks of his time to work on a series of projects to help the popular footballer.

The proceeds will go towards O'Neill's medical costs with a percentage of all profits going to the Irish Cancer Society.

"Gary's diagnosis with testicular cancer in September was a shock to everyone involved in the Irish football community and his fellow League of Ireland professionals have bared (almost) everything to help raise funds for Gary and raise awareness of testicular cancer," said PFAI chief Stephen McGuinness.

"We're proud of the players as they have really rallied around Gary since the news broke and it shows the impact it can have and what people can do when everyone works together for a common cause."

Irish Independent

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