Thursday 21 November 2019

GAA club gets busy for 'Bee' child charity

Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

A GAA club based in Norway has teamed up with an Irish charity to help raise awareness about a fatal disease that affects a small number of children.

The Bee for Batten's charity was set up by Kerry couple Tony and Mary Heffernan following the diagnosis of their daughter Saoirse with the disease, which is an extremely rare and fatal degenerative neurological disorder. Saoirse died in January, 2011, aged five and the couple's only son Liam (3) is also affected by the condition.

Now Oslo GAA, one of the newest clubs in the sporting organisation's global family, is set to promote the Bee for Batten's charity on its jerseys.

Oslo GAA vice-chairman Domhnall Reynolds said: "We secured a sponsorship deal with the Dubliner Irish Pub in Oslo, but they didn't want anything on the front of the jersey so we had all this space and it was a shame to waste it."

Irish Independent

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