Barretstown, the Jack & Jill Foundation and LauraLynn Children’s Hospice all benefited from the 2016 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and received €317,000 each to go towards specific projects.
In late 2015, it was announced that the Rory Foundation would host the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open for the next three years (2016-2018). The 2016 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, took place at The K Club in Co. Kildare, and saw Rory take first place. His winnings along with other monies raised that week through various initiatives, including An Evening with Rory and Sir Alex Ferguson, were split between three worthy children’s charities. Barretstown, the Jack & Jill Foundation and LauraLynn Children’s Hospice all benefitted and received €317,000 each to go towards specific projects.
While winning the Irish Open this year meant a lot to me, being able to give my prize money to three local children’s charities made it all feel much more special. I can think of no charities as worthy or deserving of support than Barretstown, the Jack & Jill Foundation and LauraLynn Children’s Hospice. I’m so proud of how much my Foundation raised and I’m already looking forward to new projects in 2017 – Rory McIlroy
Thanks to the events and initiatives that took place during the week of the Irish Open we were able to raise a huge amount of money for three very worthy charities. Our hosting of the event really is creating a platform for positive change, raising not only money but awareness of the incredible work being done in the community. It was a spectacular week and I am delighted with the amount raised. It definitely exceeded our expectations – Barry Funston, Chief Executive of the Rory Foundation
Barretstown built a new state-of-the-art dining hall at their Naas campus, which was officially opened in December 2016. The Jack and Jill Foundation’s donation went towards more than 19,800 hours of home nursing care and LauraLynn Children’s Hospice now have enough money to provide two Clinical Nurse Specialist Salaries, auxiliary expenses and administration for over two years.
Barretstown is absolutely thrilled with the amazing amount being donated by the Rory Foundation from the Irish Open. On behalf of those children and their families, we would like to say a huge Barretstown ‘Thank You’ to Rory and all the team in the Foundation whose hard work behind the scenes made the Irish Open and the other events surrounding it such a success – Dee Ahearn, CEO of Barretstown
This €317,000 donation from the Rory Foundation is literally a gift of time to the families under our wing, In choosing Jack & Jill, Rory has extended a hand of friendship to our families which gives them a real boost knowing that a golf and charity champion like this is on their side. The money and awareness he has raised for Jack & Jill is breathtaking and I want to thank everyone behind the Rory Foundation, especially Barry Funston – Jonathan Irwin, CEO of the Jack & Jill Foundation
We are so grateful to be a beneficiary of the Rory Foundation, Irish Open initiative and for the awareness it has enabled us raise about the services we provide to children with life-limiting conditions and their families. The €317,000 donation we are receiving is beyond generous. From the Board and team at LauraLynn, as well as the children and their families, we would like to wish our sincerest thanks to Rory and the Rory Foundation team, as well as all those who donated during the Irish Open – Sharon Morrow, CEO of LauraLynn Children’s Hospice