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Harry's Game 2021

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This is the story of Harry Gunnip  - our incredibly brave, funny kind and sport mad son!

In October 2018 our world was turned upside-down when Harry, who was just five at the time was diagnosed with
Acute Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. ALL is a childhood cancer that affects about 30 kids in Ireland every year. He was diagnosed here in Waterford by the excellent team in UHW and we were transferred without delay to the extraordinary Haem/Onc Team in St. John's Ward at CHI Crumlin. Suddenly life changed for our family. Long spells in hospital in Waterford and Crumlin, away from his twin brother Danny were tough for Harry. There were too many needles, daily chemotherapy, chest tubes, nasal tubes, anesthetics and theatre trips were all part of everyday life. At the same time we had to take so much from him, friends, family, football, school, swimming, and all the adventures
the two boys loved to do together. There were tough days, but we all tried to focus on the better days ahead.

One of those  bright days was when he returned to football, under the watchful eye of his Dad Dean and the other coaches. It was a real turning point for Harry, a return his brother Danny's side on the pitch.  He just had this drive to simply be "the same" as everyone else. After about a 3 second stare at his beautiful bald head, and his tubes the other kids just passed the ball to him and got on with the game.

We have been blessed with the care and attention that Harry has received along his journey, which we will hopefully conclude in January 2022. Much of his success is down to remaining active, being positive and staying connected to friends, activities and school.

So we would like to, in some way, thank those that supported our family. Those that have made this journey a little easier and showed our son, our family what kindness, and community really looks like.

*Please note that our proposal, without hesitation, will only go ahead should public
health advice allow and will be subject to all COVID 19 event guidelines*

We feel with the support and cooperation from family, friends, community and
business contacts, we can raise a significant sum, which can be donated to each
group, in Harry's name. We have set ourselves an ambitious target. We would like to show our gratitude and admiration for the following groups and make a donation to each:

CMRF - Crumlin
UHW Paeds Department
Park Rangers FC
Cheekpoint and Faithlegg Community Playground - via CFDG

So, what have we planned................we are having a day filled with sport, fun, family and some serious fundraising!

 "Harry's Game" Golf Classic at the award winning Faithlegg Golf Club - Saturday 2nd October 2021 from 9am
We are inviting teams of four to compete on the day for some excellent prizes.  Teams cost €300 each which includes golf, goodie bags lunch and a chance to help some amazing causes.  We hope to gather that evening for prizegiving, a few jars and a charity auction.  We have already been given some AMAZING donations that will certainly have lots of interest.  There are still some times available on the time sheet.  Please call Avril on [phone redacted] 700 to book.

"Harry's Game" Soccer Blitz at the boys club Park Rangers, Faithlegg - Saturday 2nd October 2021 from 12 noon
Danny and Harry are inviting teams from Waterford and the region to participate in a day of fun,football, friendship and lots lots more.
If your U8/U9 team would like to get involved, please contact us on [phone redacted]700.  There are some pretty cool surprises lined up on the day, we cannot wait!

If you would like more information, would like to hear about our sponsorship opportunities or would like to get involved on the day, please call Avril on [phone redacted] 700 or email [email redacted]

on behalf of Harry Danny Dean and myself, we thank you and look forward to the 2nd of October 2021 with everything crossed.

If you are unable to make it on the day, feel free to donate on this page.  Every donation counts, is gratefully accepted on behalf of our great causes, who do so much in the young lives of so many!


Avril Bowe
County Waterford

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