INTERNATIONAL star golfer Rory McIlroy’s heart is still firmly rooted here as he has chosen Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children (NICFC) to benefit from his charitable foundation, which was launched recently.
The Holywood-born World Number One golfer has revealed that NICFC, which offers practical and emotional support to local young people with cancer and their families, will be one of six charities to benefit from The 6 Bags Project from The Rory Foundation.
As part of the foundation’s 6 Bags Project, the NICFC signature daisy logo will be emblazoned on Rory’s golf bag for the duration of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. When the competition closes on January 20, the bag will be auctioned on the Rory Foundation website, with proceeds going to NI Cancer Fund for Children.
Proceeds raised through the auction will go towards developing the charity’s Daisy Lodge centre in Newcastle, Co. Down. On January 21, Building work will begin on the new £3m state-of-the-art purpose-built therapeutic and respite centre, which is a redevelopment of the existing Shimna Valley respite centre. The facility will offer the highest level of nurturing support to families before, during and after treatment. It will give them the chance to spend much-needed quality time together and relax away from the everyday challenges of childhood cancer treatment.
NI Cancer Fund for Children’s chief executive, Gillian Creevy, is delighted that the Rory Foundation is supporting the charity.
She said: “We are so proud and honoured to be the first of six charities benefiting from The 6 Bags project. This association with Rory will not only have a significant impact on children and young people who look up to Rory and are inspired by him, but will also help to maintain Rory’s very important links to Northern Ireland as he moves increasingly into a global circuit. Our aim is to create a brand new therapeutic centre for children and their families, any monies raised from being part of The 6 Bags Project will go towards fulfilling this dream.” The World No 1 and 2012 US PGA Tour Player of the Year said: “When I was younger my parents sacrificed everything to allow me to play the game I love. Having that support from my family gave me the opportunity to chase my dreams. But I know that every child is not so fortunate. My aim is that The Rory Foundation will support children’s charities big and small around the world that try to give kids that helping hand.”
Rory’s father, Gerry, who is one of four trustees of the foundation, said: “Myself and Rosie are very proud of what Rory has achieved on and off the golf course. The creation of this Foundation is, for Rory we feel a natural progression and is ultimately about giving back.”
To bid on Rory’s golf bag log onto http://nicfc.auction-bid.org/rory.php or www.roryfoundation.com.