Rory McIlroy’s win at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open means that three children’s charities in the Kildare/Dublin region will be better off. The Northern Ireland golfer’s prize winnings will be divided between Barretstown, the Jack & Jill Foundation and LauraLynn Children’s Hospice.
It was Rory’s first time to win the Irish Open and it was the second time the Rory Foundation hosted the event. The Foundation view the Irish Open as a platform for positive change. Not only are they helping the three children’s charities but while in Kildare, they engaged the local community. Children from a local school donated €700 of their communion money to the Rory Foundation. With the Irish Open taking place at The K Club, it was fitting as the children at the school wanted the money to go towards helping other children. 35 children turned up at The K Club, along with parents and teachers, to present the money to Barry Funston, Chief Executive of the Rory Foundation.
A percentage of Irish Open ticket sales went towards the Foundation along with the sales of a limited edition of Rory’s dog driver head cover. McIlroy also hosted an event at the Convention Centre on behalf of his Foundation, with Sir Alex Ferguson and award-winning actor James Nesbitt. A huge amount of money was raised on the night.
The Rory Foundation was set up in 2013 to help children live better lives. So far, the charitable foundation has supported the Cancer Fund for Children, Mencap and Sport Changes Life along with Barretstown, Jack & Jill Foundation and LauraLynn Children’s Hospice.