Robbie Keane cuts ribbon on hospital's football fanzone
Marking the one year to go milestone till tournament kick off, one of the’ hospitals Play Dens has been transformed into a football themed zone including a new smart TV.
Patients and their families will have fun in the fanzone surrounded by famous Irish football moments with the feeling of being in the Aviva Stadium which will host four games at UEFA EURO 2020. The initiative, which was supported by LOS (Local Organising Structure) Dublin as part of their National Promotion and Legacy plan for EURO 2020 worked in close collaboration with CHI at Crumlin to deliver the project. Tournament sponsor Hisense donated the new smart TV for the fanzone.
Speaking at the launch Tracey Wall, Director of Nursing from Children’s Health Ireland at Crumlin thanked LOS Dublin and the FAI for their work on transforming one of the Children’s Den in into a football zone that families can enjoy when watching Ireland and their favourite teams compete in the UEFA EURO 2020 championships. She added: "In particular we would like to thank Robbie Keane for his generous ongoing commitment to CHI at Crumlin where often he gives up a great deal of his free time to visit patients and their families and spends time speaking to them about their sporting interests and his life as an international soccer player. When a sick child meets their sporting heroes it lifts their spirits and can create more positive energy while coping with their illness."
Robbie, who also visited children and their families on some wards said: "I’m delighted to come on board as the official ambassador for UEFA EURO 2020 in Dublin. To host four games in a major football tournament is fantastic for the country and I’ve no doubt that the Irish fans will welcome visiting supporters to Ireland. Marking the one year to go milestone by opening a Football Fanzone at the hospital is fantastic, it’s a cause very close to my heart."