Leinster Rugby have announced The Gavin Glynn Foundation as its latest charity affiliate as part of its charity partner programme for the 2020/21 season.

The Gavin Glynn Foundation was nominated by the Official Leinster Supporters Club (OLSC).

The Gavin Glynn Foundation was set up by John and Jayne Glynn, the parents of Gavin Glynn who passed away from cancer on October 21, 2014, aged just four and a half.

The mission of The Gavin Glynn Foundation is to assist families battling childhood cancer in Ireland with all the logistical and financial aspects of travelling overseas for specialist cancer treatment not available in Ireland.

For the month of June, following an online vote of Leinster Rugby fans, Leinster Rugby will lend its digital support to The Gavin Glynn Foundation as it strives to raise further profile of the work it does in ensuring that all children battling cancer in Ireland get the care that they deserve wherever in the world that may be.

Speaking to leinsterrugby.ie, John Glynn of the Gavin Glynn Foundation said, “We are delighted to kick off our partnership with Leinster Rugby and all the Leinster supporters. We hope that together as one big team, we can help raise awareness of childhood cancer in Ireland and give support to the families that need our help.

“In Ireland, every week, four new families are told ‘your child has cancer’. Cancer is still the leading cause of death by disease beyond one year of age in the EU.

“Coming together as a strong team we can show all these Irish families that they are not alone in their fight against childhood cancer. We will tackle this together.”

Speaking on behalf of the OLSC, President Laura Lysaght said, “All of us here at the OLSC are delighted to be working with The Gavin Glynn Foundation this season.

“This year we asked the supporters to nominate and vote for the OLSC charity partner. The last 15 months has been a difficult time for us all, so it is great to be able to support a worthy charity by highlighting their cause and raising some much-needed funds.”

The Gavin Glynn Foundation arrange all logistics and cover all costs associated with:

  • Transportation (e.g. flights and car hire).
  • Transportation to and from the designated airports.
  • Accommodation within, or close to, the designated medical centre.
  • Food and living expenses for the duration of the child’s treatment while abroad.

Like all of the charities selected, The Gavin Glynn Foundation was selected by Leinster Rugby after a consultation process involving the leadership group of the men, women’s and Academy teams and consultation with our premium sponsors and partners and of course, in this case, the OLSC.

In addition, two premium partners of Leinster Rugby, Bank of Ireland and BearingPoint, have pledged their support to the charities chosen.

Bank of Ireland has confirmed that its Player of the Month Award donation will now be made to the monthly charity affiliate, rather than the player in question, a move that is also supported by the Leinster Rugby players.

In addition, BearingPoint has also agreed to make a donation to each charity partner chosen by Leinster Rugby in lieu of support normally provided to the club pre-COVID.

For more information about The Gavin Glynn Foundation and the families they are helping please visit www.tggf.ie.

Further information about the Leinster Rugby Charity Affiliate Programme:

  • The Gavin Glynn Foundation is the seventh charity affiliate announced by Leinster Rugby and will be supported by Leinster Rugby for the month of June.
  • Another charity will be announced by Leinster Rugby for July.
  • Women’s Aid (November), Debra Ireland (December), numerous local causes supported by Bank of Ireland (January), ALONE (February), Pieta (March), AsIAm (April), LauraLynn (May) have received Leinster Rugby support so far.
  • The selection process for all 12 charities includes the Leinster Rugby players, Leinster Rugby sponsors and partners and also the Official Leinster Supporters Club.
  • The Official Leinster Supporters Club selected the Gavin Glynn Foundation following an online vote involving seven charities in total; Arthritis Ireland, Barretstown, The Gavin Glynn Foundation, Jigsaw, Little Blue Heroes, Special Olympics Ireland and Suicide or Survive.

Further information about The Gavin Glynn Foundation:

During Gavin’s battle with cancer, the Glynn family travelled to a number of different countries for specialist cancer treatment for their youngest son.

Through this experience, they learnt exactly what is involved in organising transport, accommodation and most importantly – seeking out the best specialist care available for their son’s cancer.

Each year in Ireland approximately 220 children are newly diagnosed with cancer.

Whilst cancer in young people is rare, it is still a major health issue in Ireland and worldwide. Despite improving survival rates, cancer is still the leading cause of death by disease beyond one year of age in the EU.

The mission of The Gavin Glynn Foundation is to assist families with all the logistical and financial aspects of travelling overseas for specialist cancer treatment with their child while keeping the whole family together during travel.

The Gavin Glynn Foundation arranges and covers all the travel and accommodation/living costs for the whole family. By taking the financial burden and stress away from the families, it allows parents to focus all their time on their child and family.

The Gavin Glynn Foundation is the only registered charity in Ireland providing this support for families battling childhood cancer.

To date, The Gavin Glynn Foundation has been able to help 150 families battling childhood cancer from all over Ireland.

Please visit the website to read about some of the families the Foundation have and are helping.