The Leinster Rugby squad’s #ShaveGrowOrMo campaign for Feed The Heroes and the province’s charity partners, the Down Syndrome Centre and MS Ireland, has now raised over €10,000.

The campaign was launched by the players with the aim of raising funds for frontline workers to help them in their fight against COVID-19 and to also help Leinster Rugby’s two charity partners who have seen income from fundraising decline hugely during the crisis.

Speaking on behalf of the squad on the launch of the campaign, Ed Byrne said: “We are very aware from talking to people like our own club doctor, Prof John Ryan, of the amazing work going on in our hospitals, in nursing homes, care centres and also by GardaΓ­ and emergency services who have been putting themselves in harms’ way to help protect the rest of us. We just wanted to do something to show our appreciation for those efforts.

Luke McGrath also spoke about the importance of supporting the work of the province’s two charity partners: “We have visited both Down Syndrome Centre and MS Ireland over the two seasons working with them and we have seen the amazing work that they do, people really rely on them. We are just trying to do something that helps them to keep on helping those in our society that need it the most.”

You can still donate to the campaign here.

FeedTheHeroes.com is a group of volunteers working to provide HSE and frontline workers with food and sustenance at a time when their time and their resources are stretched. Their efforts so far have raised over €900,000 and over 55,000 meals served to the frontline heroes fighting COVID-19.

MS Ireland is the only national organisation providing information, vital services and support to the 9,000 people in Ireland living with MS and their families. During these challenging times, they continue to provide their fantastic support to their community throughout Ireland at a time when they need it most.

The Down Syndrome Centre provides services and facilities to enable children with Down syndrome to have the same opportunities in life as their peers, to feel included in society and to enable them to reach their full potential. Now supporting over 200 families per week, the centre is a place for parents to meet, get information and advice, make friends and build support networks and communities.