Rais­ing funds for Zoe in mem­ory of Robert McLaugh­lin

The Argus - - NEWS - By MAR­GARET RODDY

Friends of Robert ‘Foods’ McLaugh­lin who was trag­i­cally killed in a road ac­ci­dent close to his Newry Road home in Oc­to­ber 2017, are host­ing a foot­ball tour­na­ment in his mem­ory and do­nat­ing the funds to the Zoe Mur­phy Ap­peal.

Last year, a group of friends of the pop­u­lar 29-year-old or­gan­ised the Robert Foods McLaugh­lin Cup in Oriel Park.

The event was a huge suc­cess, and af­ter con­sult­ing with Robert’s fam­ily, they do­nated the money raised to SOSAD.

This year, they were so moved by the story of lit­tle Zoe Mur­phy, who has cere­bral palsy. Her fam­ily are hop­ing to raise €100,000 so that she can travel to the United States for life chang­ing surgery, that they de­cided to host the event again.

Four teams, com­pris­ing friends’ of Roberts from his school days, Dundalk FC, Dundalk Rugby Club and his work col­leagues will be com­pet­ing for the tro­phy named in his hon­our on Satur­day De­cem­ber 22.

They are all rais­ing spon­sor­ship and there will also be a raf­fle or some fan­tas­tic prizes in McGuin­ness’, Anne Street.

Among the prizes up for grabs are a signed Ire­land Jer­sey, Ir­ish Grand Na­tional tick­ets, a signed David McMil­lan St. John­stone FC Jer­sey and much more.

Mean­while as the Zoe Mur­phy Ap­peal has reached the half way mark, her par­ents Gary and Linda have ex­pressed their thanks to all those who have do­nated money to their GoFundMe ap­peal and sup­ported the ap­peal by or­gan­is­ing events. ‘It was only 3 months ago that we con­stantly feared we would never be able to even get started, and now thanks to the over­whelm­ing sup­port from so many , we are half way there!,’ they wrote on their Face­book page.

Zoe Mur­phy with friends of Robert McLough­lin who are or­gan­is­ing a match for young Dundalk girl.

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