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GAA stars call for change for children's hospitals

A RENEWED appeal for coins for the 'Heaven Cent' campaign for children's hospitals has been made by Dublin GAA star David O'Callaghan.

O'Callaghan and Cork GAA star Aidan Walsh are urging the public to hand over their hoards of small coins to the fundraising appeal for Crumlin Children's Hospital and Temple Street Children's Hospital.

'Heaven Cent,' launched last month by the GAA duo and broadcaster Miriam O'Callaghan, seeks to raise €2m by asking people to bring stashes of coins to drop-off points at post offices, Tesco supermarkets, Texaco filling stations and Bank of Ireland branches.

The public have been asked to donate by July 1 or shortly afterwards.

The Gaelic Players Association (GPA) wants people to re-double their efforts to collect as much change as as possible.

The two hospitals treat over 250,000 children each year and are in desperate need of funds.


GPA's Dessie Farrell said: "When we visited Crumlin, we were profoundly moved by the work being carried out and by the need for urgent improvements in the conditions and provision of equipment.

"We accumulate loose change and it sits in jars and tins around the house. We will be asking our members to spread the word and collect your spare coins and bring them to the many locations around Ireland."

Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, is the only hospital for paediatric cardiac surgery and houses the only children's major burns unit.