Ireland Rugby International Jonathan Sexton recently handed over €5,900 to Make-A-Wish Ireland, to mark the end result of his ‘Kicking for Charity’ campaign in partnership with Volkswagen Ireland.
Volkswagen Ireland approached Jonathan Sexton with the concept of ‘Kicking for Charity’ last year, and agreed that for every kick (drop goal, conversion or penalty) and try that he scored as part of the 2010 season (incorporating the Heineken Cup, Rabo Direct Pro 12, Guinness Autumn Internationals, RBS 6 Nations, Guinness Summer Series and Rugby World Cup), they would donate €50 to the charity of his choice, Make-A-Wish Ireland.
The fantastic 2010 season that Jonathan Sexton completed resulted in him raising a staggering €5,900 which he donated to Make-A-Wish Ireland, with whom he has worked with since 2009 as an Ambassador. Since 2009 Jonathan has helped Make-A-Wish raise much needed funds to grant wishes to children across the country living with life threatening medical conditions. Alongside this, Jonathan has also been involved in the granting of several magical rugby themed wishes.
Speaking of his involvement with Make-A-Wish he commented “I was delighted to become an Ambassador for Make-A-Wish in 2009, and am thrilled to be associated with such a well known and outstanding charity. I am delighted that my hard work, as part of my 2010 rugby campaign playing for Leinster and Ireland, has paid off and helped raise €5,900 for Make-A-Wish. I know that the funds raised will make magical wishes for special children come true.”
Make-A-Wish in Ireland has one simple aim - to grant the wishes of children aged between 3 and 18 years living with a life-threatening illness. A wish granted is true magic for the child providing respite from their normal routines of hospitals, doctors and treatment.
Since its inception in 1992, Make-A-Wish in Ireland has granted wishes for over 1,400 special children and realised their greatest wish and experienced the hope, strength and joy each wish provides.