Bumble Bee’s & A Dinosaur take to the pitch at Croke Park as Charity Launches GAA Jersey!
The National Children’s Charity, Bee For Battens, in partnership with Oslo GAA, Norway have entered into the history books of Croke Park, by having the charity’s distinctive bumble bee logo featured on the club team’s new kit. Oslo GAA is one of 51 GAA associations in Europe officially recognised by GAA headquarters. GAA president, Liam O Neill launched the attractive jersey at GAA headquarters on the pitch of Croke Park along with representatives of Bee For Battens & Oslo GAA. Two very willing celebrities, namely Kerry’s All Ireland Winning Captain Darran O’Sullivan & Celebrity Bainisteoir & former Miss Universe – Ireland, Rozanna Purcell, modelled the jersey but it was four-year-old Liam Heffernan, a Batten Disease sufferer, who stole the show, as he enjoyed the freedom of Irelands largest Stadium, along with his toy Dinosaur “Long-Neck”.
The initiative is being run to create awareness of Batten Disease, which took the life of Kerry Native Saoirse Heffernan last year and which also, affects Tony & Mary Heffernan’s only other child Liam, (4) and several other children in Ireland. Each supporter’s jersey also features the number 5 on the back, which Oslo GAA decided to do as a mark of respect for Saoirse, who passed away at the tender age of 5 years in 2011.
Liam Heffernan, will for the last time, return to New York in October to participate in an on-going research project for Batten Disease. The research project, which is being run at Weill Cornell Hospital, has had some success in slowing the progression of the disorder but has failed & will not save the four year olds life. It is expected that Liam’s life span may be similar to that of his sister.
The jerseys, designed by O’Neill’s, are the same quality as the county jerseys and the “adults & kids just love them”, Tony Heffernan stated recently. The colours are similar to that of the Dublin County Colours, which is fitting as the Dubliner Pub in Oslo, sponsored the new kit and offered the front of the jersey to the charity, a significant difference is that the Jersey is being sold for no profit by the charity.
As part of the initiative the two organisations are asking people to purchase the jersey & take a photo of someone wearing the jersey in unusual and well known places. Already children & adults from the UK, Europe, USA, Australia, South Africa and as far away as South America have been sending in their photos and the jersey has been pictured on the summit of Carrantuohill & the Giant Causeway.
Tony Heffernan, who founded the Bee For Battens Charity in March 2010 with wife Mary, wish to personally thank & acknowledge the support of GAA President Liam O’Neill, who on the day before of the All Ireland Football final & despite the death of his sister Barbara, personally insisted that the charity get the support of the GAA and ensured the launch took place as scheduled.
Oslo GAA are encouraging people to buy a Jersey from Bee for Battens and take a photo of you wearing it in the most unusual places.
Children’s and Teens
All prices include P&P to anywhere in Ireland, but we can post anywhere in the world at cost! To purchase a jersey email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 083 004 4444
Whether you’re at home, on the back of a camel at the pyramids, skiing in Lillehammer or in the Sunny South East of Ireland take a photo in the jersey and send it to us. The Bee For Battens charity (Reg. CHY 19226) is in the process of increasing the charities scope to provide positive life impacts for very ill children & those affected by Rare Disease. The organization is pursuing the development of Ireland’s first dedicated family rare disease Centre, “Liam’s Lodge” and a number of other projects. The charity uses website www.BeeForBattens.org & social media to increase the awareness of this cruel disease & to accept donations.
The Official launch of the Oslo GAA Bee for Battens Jerseys was held on Saturday 22nd September 2012 at the Croke Park Stadium.