'Massive thank you' from Leinster's charity partners
The Leinster Rugby charity partners recently 'took over' a game each as they sought to fundraise and raise awareness of the great work that they do.
Cardiac Risk in the Young took over the Wasps Champions Cup game in the RDS and used the game to launch their Christmas Jumper text campaign.
By texting the word JUMPER to 50300 a €4 donation was made direct to CRY and the great work they do raising awareness of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.
The Alzheimer Society of Ireland took over the Ulster game in the Pro12, provided a brilliant choir and used the game to launch their 'Rugby Memories' initiative which called upon people in rugby clubs all over Leinster and Ireland to reach out into their communities and to reconnect with those that had lost touch with their community, their rugby club and with the support structures therein due to dementia.
Both charities raised just shy of €5,000 from the bucket collections and would like to extend a massive thank you to all the Leinster and indeed Wasps and Ulster fans who supported the initiatives.
Further information on both charities can be found at www.cry.ie and www.alzheimer.ie
Leinster Rugby and the players were also busy in the lead-up to Christmas supporting other well-known causes and charities.
Isaac Boss and former star Shane Jennings were on hand to Light Up LauraLynn and to help promote Ireland's only children's hospice.
Jack McGrath lent a hand and a voice to Pieta House on International Men's Day and their #TheBounce project.
Jamie Heaslip was on hand to launch the GOAL Mile Christmas events calendar.
Mick Kearney, a long-time ambassador for Ataxia Ireland helped announce the date for their Cycle Ataxia 2016 event as the June 18.
Rhys Ruddock continued his sterling work with www.ReachOut.com this time supporting the good folk in Greystones RFC with their #100TonneChallenge.
Rob Kearney and Eoin Reddan were on hand to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Irish Youth Foundation and starred in a specially commissioned video and song by Paul Brady entitled 'Forever Young'. Priced at €10 the CD is on sale at Centra and Starbucks nationwide.
Finally, over the last few weeks Leinster Rugby has helped out a further 15 charities through the online application form www.leinsterrugby.ie/charitypartners