A giveaway for a good cause

By Jade Carpenter

Irish blogger, Rosie Connolly has raised over €200,000 for Temple Street Children’s Hospital and Crumlin Children’s Hospital, through an online giveaway fundraiser.

Social media during Christmas time is often plastered with people bragging about the gifts they’ve received or purchased for their loved ones. It can quickly turn into a who can spend the most competition online, so you would be forgiven for scrolling past Rosie Connolly’s recent post and thinking oh wow another Gucci handbag.  However, you might want to look more carefully…

The blogger and mum of two, Rosie, posted a picture of a classy nude Gucci handbag with the start of the caption reading: “⚠️ STOP AND READ ⚠️ No, this is not a braggy ‘look at my new bag’ post… far from it…”. She then went on to explain the bag was part of a giveaway in aid of both Temple Street Children’s Hospital and Crumlin Children’s Hospital: “To be in with a chance of winning the bag you first must donate a minimum of €5 to the gofundme page.”

The fundraiser took off rapidly with the €100,000 goal being raised in 24 hours. The support continued to pour in with a total of €226,369 raised so far and counting, just two days after the page was made. Over 22,000 people have made donations to the two charities through the giveaway.

Celine Nic Oireachtaigh, Head of Communications with Children’s Health Foundation told TheCity.ie: “We are completely overwhelmed and so grateful to our friend Rosie Connolly for her incredible fundraiser on behalf of sick children in CHI at Temple Street and CHI at Crumlin.

“The funds raised will be put to work where they are needed most to support sick children and their families, from funding vital equipment and ground-breaking paediatric research, to providing essential patient supports. The kindness shown to patients in both these amazing hospitals this Christmas is so humbling, thank you Rosie and thank you to all 22k, and counting, supporters!”

Rosie’s followers and friends have flooded her with praise online for the “amazing” idea. Social media influencer, Naomi Genes and footballer, Derrick Williams were inspired by Rosie and have now created their own combined giveaway in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland and Ray of Sunshine Children’s Charity.

We hope that this trend of selfless giving continues this Christmas and into next year, the numbers really show how much can be achieved if everyone plays their part no matter how small.

If you’d like to be involved you can donate to Rosie’s fundraiser.

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