Paul Mescal is auctioning off a pair of GAA shorts he wore in Normal People to raise money for charity.
The online auction will raise funds for the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation, which will take place from Friday, August 21 at 10am to Friday, August 28 at 7pm.
Paul announced the news in a video shared by Jack & Jill’s official Twitter account, and revealed that the shorts will be signed by him too.
A host of other famous faces have also donated items to be auctioned off, including golfer Shane Lowry, and Irish rugby star Conor Murray.
We are very excited to announce that IRISH actor @mescal_paul has kindly signed Connell’s GAA shorts as part of the #AuctionThrill4JackandJill Charity Online Auction taking place from Friday August 21 at 10am to Friday August 28 at 7pm. Find out more: https://t.co/rlMcwBcrhm pic.twitter.com/eLn1YKMvPD
— The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation (@JackandJillCF) August 4, 2020
The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation was set up in 1997 by Jonathan Irwin and his wife Mary Ann O’Brien, in memory of their son Jack who suffered a brain trauma shortly after birth that left him developmentally delayed.
The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation must raise €3.5 million every year to fund their unique home nursing care for sick children, and this year their fundraising has been devastated by Covid-19.
Carmel Doyle, CEO of the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation, said: “People have been incredibly generous in offering often prized personal possessions of huge sentimental value.”
“However, people also recognise the really important work of our Jack and Jill nurses and the frontline home nursing and end-of-life support that we provide to 362 children across the country today.”
“These are children, from birth to five years of age, with highly complex medical and life-threatening conditions, who have nowhere else to turn but to Jack and Jill.
“I would urge the public to please be as generous as they can and get bidding so that our nurses can continue doing what they do best in our bid to support seriously ill children and their families.”
The news comes after Paul helped raise over €70k for suicide prevention charity Pieta House back in June, by raffling off one of his personal chains.
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