Leinster and Ireland back Luke Fitzgerald returned to Blackrock College, his former secondary school, recently to launch this year’s St Patrick’s Day badge fundraising campaign for GOAL and Aidlink…

For the 20th year in a row, the Transition Year pupils of Blackrock College have organised the distribution and sale of the famous shamrock-shaped badges to newsagents up and down Ireland.

The badges cost just €;2 each, with all the proceeds going towards GOAL and Aidlink’s projects in the Developing World.

Since the first badge campaign in 1989 the Shamrock badges have raised over €;2 million, which has brought much-needed relief to some of the world’s most vulnerable people.