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Tuesday 21 May 2019

Dundalk RFC host Pink cancer event fundraiser

Presenting the cheque (from left) Johnny Gray, Mary Murdock and Gary Valentine, from Dundalk RFC and Paul Early, National Breast Cancer Research Institute
Presenting the cheque (from left) Johnny Gray, Mary Murdock and Gary Valentine, from Dundalk RFC and Paul Early, National Breast Cancer Research Institute

Dundalk Rugby Club last week presented funds to help in the fight against breast cancer which were raised earlier this year at the Think Pink For Caroline memorial event.

The event, which took place on February 16, was planned to celebrate the life and to honour the memory of Caroline Gray, a very important member of the Dundalk RFC rugby family and wife of 1st team player Johnny Gray and adored mother of Alex and Georgia.

A Prematch Leinster Division 1A Lunch, a raffle and an auction of specially commissioned pink jerseys to represent the colours of breast cancer raised €14,100 on the day.

Both the club and the Gray and McCusker families were overwhelmed by the support which they received from the rugby and sporting community who stood shoulder to shoulder with them to remember Caroline who lost her battle with breast cancer at such a young age and to remember all women fighting breast cancer.

'We thank again sincerely ll who donated, all who attended and all who supported the event,' says Mary Murdock. 'We thank Leinster Rugby for their unstinting support of our efforts to celebrate Caroline's memory. Family has always been a very significant part of our club, a club where family is not only defined by last names or by blood, but by having each other's backs both on and off the pitch. This event epitomized what was best about this club and its people! We are so proud of our club and of our rugby family in Dundalk!'

'We believe at Dundalk Rugby Club that it is very important to play our part within the community in which we play our game,' she continued, saying they were honoured to be entrusted by Johnny and Caroline's families to host the event in her memory.

The cheque was presented last Thursday to Mr Paul Early, whose late brother Lieutenant General Dermot Early had served as Chief Of Staff Of The Defence Forces and as Commanding Officer At Aiken Barracks From 1995-1997, on behalf of the National Breast Cancer Research Institute.

Johnny Gray had previously donated €3,000 to Louth Palliative Care.

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