Fundraising effort sees Dundalk golfer Brendan Lawlor walking 10k for 10 days
DUNDALK’S Brendan Lawlor, one of the world’s top disability golfers, is encouraging people to join him virtually in walking 10 kilometres a day for 10 days to raise funds for Children's Health Ireland at Crumlin hospital between today and March 13.
The Modest! Golf professional, who was born with Ellis-van Creveld syndrome, a bone growth disorder that leads to shorter limbs, spent much of his early years on the wards at Crumlin hospital and now wants to give back to those who gave him his chance at a life in golf.
“I want to celebrate my 24th birthday on the 13th of March by giving something back,” says Lawlor, who is the fourth ranked disability golfer in the world.
“I’ve had an incredible journey over the last year few years in golf but if it wasn’t for the amazing staff at Crumlin hospital, I wouldn’t be here at all. It’s obviously a charity particularly close to my heart and all my family are going to get involved but hopefully it will give other people something to aim at during lockdown too.
“I’m aware that it’s a tough time financially for a lot of people and although we’re trying to raise funds, even if people just take part in it, that’s all I really want. People are at home, many are struggling mentally, a lot of young people don’t have much to do.
“I just want to give people a reason to get out and get active and if it can help a charity like Crumlin along the way, then all the better.”
Brendan has set a target of raising €5,000 through the challenge. His 10k a day for 10 days will be supported by Modest! Golf, adidas, TaylorMade, ISPS HANDA and American Golf.
To get involved in Brendan’s 10k a day for 10 days challenge, visit his JustGiving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/brendan-lawlor3