The Rory Foundation, the charitable foundation of Four Time Major Winner Rory McIlroy has been presented with a Global Impact Award in recognition of their commitment to make a difference to children diagnosed with cancer and their families.
The Foundation’s Chief Executive Barry Funston received the award on behalf of The Rory Foundation at Cancer Fund for Children’s Gala Ball in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin on Friday 8th September. The Black-Tie event which was hosted by acclaimed comedian Colm O’Regan and sponsored by Talent Spot was attended by 330 of Ireland’s industry leaders who helped to raise €132,000 to support families in Ireland coming to terms with a childhood cancer diagnosis.
Cancer Fund for Children’s inaugural Global Impact Award recognises those individuals or organisations whose work has positively impacted the lives of children with cancer. In 2014 The Rory Foundation donated £1 million to help Cancer Fund for Children complete the building of their first therapeutic short break centre, Daisy Lodge, in Newcastle Co. Down.
Since being officially opened by Rory McIlroy in October that year, the charity has provided over 1,300 short breaks to families giving them the opportunity to relax and spend quality time together in a unique, purpose-built environment, far removed from gruelling cancer-treatments and hospitals visits.
Building on their support in June 2017, The Rory Foundation pledged a further €1.2m to help build a second therapeutic short break Centre in Co. Mayo. The creation of a new short break centre in Co. Mayo will establish a base from which Cancer Fund for Children can deliver its community services. Plans are already well advanced to purchase a site in an area of outstanding natural beauty in line with the charity’s therapeutic remit, in Cong close to Galway.
Chief Executive of the Rory Foundation, commented;
“I’m honoured to accept this Global Impact Award on behalf of the Rory Foundation. Rory has been aware of the work of Cancer Fund for Children since 2012 and when he started his Foundation in 2013, he was determined to help. With approximately 1,300 families using Daisy Lodge since it opened, it goes to show how much their services are needed. Daisy Lodge in Newcastle is a fantastic five-star facility and many families travel from all over Ireland to avail of their services so a second centre in Connacht is very much welcome. We admire their ambition to expand with a second facility in Co. Mayo and we look forward to watching that progress over the next few years.”
Speaking on behalf of Cancer Fund for Children Gillian Creevy, Chief Executive said,
“It is fitting that we are presenting the inaugural Global Impact Award to the Rory Foundation during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, a month dedicated to raising awareness of childhood cancer and the devastating impact a cancer diagnosis has on families. The vision of the Rory Foundation – to help children live better lives – is very much aligned to our own, which is to rebuild young lives devastated by cancer. The Foundations continued support will help us make our dream of a second short break facility in Ireland a reality and we very much look forward to welcome our first families in 2020.”