Irish and Leinster rugby star Dan Leavy has been announced as the latest ambassador for CMRF Crumlin. CMRF Crumlin raises vital funds for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital and the National Children’s Research Centre (NCRC). On average 150,000 children from across Ireland walk through the doors of Crumlin hospital every year.
At any one time in Ireland, there are up to 25,000 children who are acutely ill, and who require medical care or treatment due to childhood illness like cancer, cystic fibrosis, heart disease, and intestinal diseases.
Speaking about his ambassador appointment Dan Leavy said that previous visits to the hospital had such a positive impact on him personally, and he was delighted to further help the children’s charity – “I’ve been to visit the children in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital a few times now with a few of the Leinster and Ireland players.” Dan said. “The staff at CMRF Crumlin are amazing with all the fundraising they do for these children and their families, and the doctors, nurses and play specialists all make the experience as nice as possible for the sick kids. It’s great to see everyone doing whatever it takes to make sure the patients receive the best treatment possible, with state-of-the-art equipment, world-class care and fantastic facilities.”
“We are absolutely delighted that Dan Leavy has come on board as our latest ambassador,” Fiona O’Malley, Head of Communications at CMRF Crumlin, said. “He’s a real life hero for so many of the children in the hospital and it’s great seeing their faces light up when he visits with his colleagues. We’re looking forward to working with Dan on future campaigns with CMRF Crumlin and continuing the great work he’s already done.”
Dan will join other CMRF Crumlin ambassadors including Johnny Sexton, Laura Whitmore, Rob Kearney, Ryan Tubridy, Karen Koster, Robbie Keane, Anna Geary, and Paul Dunne, to raise awareness of the vital work done by CMRF Crumlin and to support their fundraising initiatives.
Kate Doyle, 7, from Kildare, with Dan Leavy and Rob Kearney
Fiona O’Malley, Head of Communications at CMRF Crumlin, and Melissa Byrne, Digital Officer at CMRF, with the Leinster players.