A group of Dundalk FC players were joined to club sponsor Fyffes on a visit to Temple Street Children’s Hospital recently to hand over a cheque for over €7,000 – raised by this season’s joint third-kit initiative.
Sporting the distinctive purple-patterned shirt, Dundalk captain Brian Gartland was joined by Dane Massey, Sean Gannon, Robbie Benson, Daniel Cleary and Daniel Kelly, along with Fyffes’ sales and marketing manager Emma Hunt-Duffy to present the cheque to Denise Fitzgerald, Chief Executive of the Temple Street Foundation.
The new purple kit – in the colours of Temple Street Foundation – is being worn for Dundalk’s EA Sports Cup FAI Cup matches this season, after Fyffes agreed to withhold its logo from the front of the new kit in order to give full prominence to the hospital.
The money raised – which will be used to help fund essential equipment and care for over 147,000 patients at Temple Street each year – came from a combination of shirt sales, salary donations from Dundalk FC players and staff, plus a generous contribution from supporters in a bucket collection before a recent match.
The club is also donating €100 to Temple Street for every goal they score whilst wearing the jersey in their cup games this season, whilst many Lilywhites supporters have made similar pledges of their own.
Dundalk FC Chief Executive Mark Devlin said: “We’re thrilled to be able to make this donation to Temple Street Children’s Hospital. Thanks to the generosity of our main sponsor, Fyffes, and kit manufacturer, Horseware, the new purple Temple Street kit really struck a chord with our supporters, who themselves have been extremely generous with their donations.
“I’d like to thank them all for their support, along with the players and staff of Dundalk Football Club, who have donated a day’s salary to the cause. Temple Street is a special place. They offer amazing care for kids who really need it, so we’re very proud to support such a fantastic cause.”
Fyffes managing director Gerry Cunningham – also well known at Oriel Park for his commentary work with Dundalk FM – is an enthusiastic proponent of the scheme and he praised the club’s management, players and staff for what he termed ‘a truly generous and unselfish undertaking’.
“Through imaginative ideas such as the third-kit scheme, untold benefit is brought to those young patients whose recovery depends so much on such activities,” he said.
Receiving the cheque, Denise Fitzgerald said: “We are honoured and delighted to feature on Dundalk FC’s fantastic third kit and have been overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of the club’s staff and supporters. Sick children need great care right now, and the incredible funds raised as part of this partnership will be put to work where they are needed most in our wards, departments, theatres and Intensive Care Unit – ensuring that our little patients continue to have access to world-class care when they need it.
“Our thanks also to our friends in Fyffes who so kindly gave up their spot on the Dundalk FC jersey to raise awareness and vital funds for Temple Street. So much work has happened behind the scenes to make this partnership possible – thank you for being a vital part of the extraordinary circle of care that surrounds each sick child in Temple Street.”
With an EA Sports Cup semi-final versus Bohemians to come in August, plus a defence of our FAI Cup trophy, there will hopefully be plenty more cup games go and, with them, a chance to increase fundraising further still.