Munster team pitch in to aid families at Christmas
THE Munster rugby team will line out for a good cause over the Christmas holidays.
On December 27, Munster will take to the pitch to play Connacht in the RaboDirect PRO12 and, on match day, Thomond Park will help sell thousands of red wrist bands, embossed with 'Munster Rocks', for Mid West Spina Bifida.
Each band costs just €2 with all proceeds going to support the association, which provides a multitude of services, free of charge, to more than 100 families living with Spina Bifida or Hydrocephalus.
Ireland has the highest rate of Spina Bifida, a birth defect usually resulting in paralysis of the legs, in the world. The charity is playing a major role in the development of wheelchair sports.
"Munster has inspired our wheelchair rugby team, Thomond Park even sponsored our jerseys, and we are honoured to be chosen as one of Munster's charities of the season and be affiliated with both Munster Rugby and Thomond Park," Lynn Buffington, development director for Mid West Spina Bifida, said.
Enda Lynch, Munster Rugby's commercial and marketing manager, said that the team, led by Paul O'Connell, were "thrilled" to play their part in supporting such a worthy cause.