1 May 2021
By Elaine Murphy
Cork City FC recently completed a donation €2,000 to Marymount Hospice from the proceeds of sales for the ‘JFK Jumper’ which was put on sale on our online shop in December.
The grey jumper was a remake of a 1990’s merchandise item John Kennedy was wearing while holding his daughter Grace soon after she was born. Soon after Johns passing, Grace posted the image on social media which went viral, and the club decided to embark on redesigning the item and putting it back on sale for a limited time. While doing so, the club decided to donate all proceeds from the sales of the jumper to a charity close to John’s heart, Marymount Hospice.
Speaking on behalf of Cork City FC, Commercial Manager Paul Deasy said: “We are delighted to be able to donate the proceeds from the sales to Marymount. This was a charity very close to John and we hope he would be very proud of this initiative. We would like to thank Grace and the Kennedy Family with the help around this – the jumpers sold out on both occasions in seconds, and this is a testament to the place John will always hold in the hearts and memories of the wider CCFC community.”
Speaking on behalf of Marymount, Head of Fundraising and Communications Paula McGovern had the following to say: “We are very appreciative of Cork City FC’s ongoing support and their creative ways of helping Marymount throughout the years. John himself was always a huge driver of fundraising initiatives for Marymount and raised a significant amount of money for Marymount through the years. We were deeply sorry to hear of his passing and our sincere condolences go to his family and friends. This jumper sale was a lovely thoughtful way to raise funds while honouring John’s memory and we thank Grace and the Kennedy family for their support. Every Euro raised for Marymount makes a difference. We need to raise €3.5 million each year to sustain our current level of services and our fundraising efforts have been badly impacted by Covid-19. Thank you to all who supported.”