Sunday 23 September 2018

Proud dad Gordon shows his carrying skills with new baby


proud parents Gordon D'Arcy and Aoife Cogan have brought baby Soleil home from Holles Street.

The loved-up pair announced the arrival of their first-born on Monday.

Although they will be enjoying their first weekend at home as a family, big-hearted Gordon will be taking time off his new-dad duties for a short period today for a good cause.

The Leinster player will be on hand at a charity fun run in aid of St Raphael's School in Celbridge, which caters for children with special needs.

The 10km fun run and family day at Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club has been organised by Bob Manson.

His son George (6) has Down Syndrome and has been a pupil at the school since September.

Bob has already run the 250km Marathon Des Sables in the Sahara Desert in his bid to raise €60,000.

Half of the money raised will go towards buying 10 interactive whiteboards for the school.

The rest will be donated to the Peter McVerry trust to help combat homelessness.

Bob expressed his gratitude to the Irish rugby centre for taking time to come along.

"Gordon's news takes me back to when we had our first child - it's a busy, busy time so it's very generous of him to come down," Bob told the Herald.

The dad-of-three has reached the halfway point in his fundraising efforts and is optimistic that he can reach his goal.

"It will make such a difference for George and for everyone else in the school," he said.

Registration for today's run is at 12pm. For those who don't want to run there will be a family BBQ.

To donate to Bob's campaign go to bobsfunrun.ammadoevents.com

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