Leinster Rugby are delighted to announce ARC Cancer Support Centre and the Irish Youth Foundation as the province’s official community partners for the 2013/14 season…

In addition, the Leinster Academy will continue their partnership with Bray Lakers, a community-based sports, social and recreation club based in Wicklow for children and adults with an intellectual disability.

In recent years the province has worked alongside a number of charity, community centres and hospitals such as – Action Breast Cancer, Barretstown, Crumlin Children’s Hospital, the Irish Heart Foundation, Multiple Sclerosis Ireland, Ronald McDonald House Crumlin, SOSAD (Save our Sons and Daughters), St. John Ambulance, St. Michael’s House, Temple Street Children’s Hospital and Welcome Home – independent of the work being done on an individual basis by members of the squad with other charities.

ARC Cancer Support Centre and the Irish Youth Foundation will benefit this season through the likes of themed events, support of fundraisers, provision of signed merchandise, complimentary tickets and by helping to raise awareness amongst Leinster supporters and the wider public.

Commenting on the news, Leinster Manager Guy Easterby said: “We’re delighted to announce our two new Community partners for the coming season. The team are excited about working alongside ARC Cancer Support Centre and the Irish Youth Foundation and we are looking forward to assisting them with their fundraising and promotional efforts. ”

About ARC Cancer Support Centre:

ARC Cancer Support Centre is a registered voluntary organisation founded in 1994 to provide a drop-in service and professional support to men and women affected by cancer and to those who care for them. Whether someone has recently been diagnosed with a form of cancer, is in recovery, or is a family member, or friend of someone with cancer, ARC welcomes everyone with open arms and cares for them during these difficult times.

The impact of a cancer diagnosis can have a devastating effect on cancer patients and those who care for them. One in three people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. The good news is that 68% of cancer patients go on to lead normal and healthy lives The services provided by ARC are holistic and complement primary medical treatment thereby playing a vital role in improving the physical, emotional and psychological well-being of our clients.

All services are provided free of charge at our centres in 65 Eccles Street, Dublin 7 and 557 South Circular Road, Dublin 8 and are available to anyone regardless of their geographical location.

Speaking about the partnership, Deirdre Grant, Manager ARC Cancer Support Centre, commented: ‘We are fortunate to have the backing of Luke Fitzgerald and Shane Jennings, patrons of ARC Cancer Support Centre, and our newly elected Board member Kevin McLaughlin who helped us to become Leinster Rugby’s charity partner for the 2013/14 season. We are truly grateful to these wonderful men for their support in highlighting the need for our centres. The Leinster team has proven that in working together, and with their support, we can overcome obstacles and thereby achieve our goals for ARC. This is by increasing awareness and support of our vital centres, which provide emotional and psychological support to men and women living with cancer and those who care for them, free of charge, through various individual and group therapies and classes.’

About the Irish Youth Foundation:

The Irish Youth Foundation (IYF) provides opportunities for children and young people facing adverse and extreme conditions to experience success in their lives.

We do this by giving financial grants to youth groups working with disadvantaged and at-risk children; such as afterschool and homework clubs, summer programmes, sporting clubs, creative education projects and teenage empowerment programmes.

For children who may be experiencing poverty, parental misuse of drugs and alcohol, crime and mental health issues, these projects are beacons of hope which enhance and improve their lives. In the last 25 years the IYF has raised over €;20 million and supported 1600 projects in Ireland, reaching 50,000 young people.

Niall McLoughlin, IYF Director of Development said, “We are delighted and very grateful for this opportunity to partner with Leinster Rugby for the 2013/14 season. Leinster gets amazing support from all around the Province, and this is a fantastic opportunity for us to let those supporters know about the work being done in each county to help children facing very challenging circumstances.”

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