Leinster Rugby players visited the Capuchin Day Centre for the homeless in Dublin city centre this week to drop off warm Canterbury of New Zealand clothing ahead of the expected cold snap in the coming weeks.

Leinster and Ireland Rugby player Dan Leavy was one of those in attendance and having met the volunteers and the clients at the Centre said, “Rugby Players’ Ireland have provided a number of opportunities for Leinster players over the last few months to volunteer in Dublin city centre with the homeless and this initiative by Canterbury and Leinster was another opportunity that the players were keen to get behind. Br. Kevin and his staff in the Capuchin Day Centre have been doing great work for years and hopefully this small gesture will help towards their endeavours.”

Over the course of the lunch time visit the players met Br. Kevin and Br. Sean as well as the other volunteers at the Day Centre and spent time with the clients as they ate lunch. There was even time for a few songs!

Sean Kavanagh, Global Head of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship with Canterbury, said,“In partnership with Leinster Rugby we saw an opportunity to donate kit not already used by the team to a worthwhile cause.

“Br. Kevin and the volunteers in the Capuchin Day Centre are doing great work for the homeless of Dublin and we are delighted to be able to contribute in a small way to what is a big issue for society as a whole.”

Br. Kevin Crowley founder and CEO of the Capuchin Day Centre said, “Homelessness in Ireland is still at crisis point and we need to keep that front of mind. It’s a great boost to us all here today to have Leinster Rugby visit and to help us keep the issue in the public domain this winter.”

The Leinster players also donated a signed jersey and match tickets to help with Br. Kevin’s fundraising efforts over the coming weeks.

For further information or to donate to the Capuchin Day Centre please visit capuchindaycentre.ie