Almost €25,000 raised for Laois teenager

Michelle Hogan


Michelle Hogan

Sports fun day and online sponsorship raises almost €25,000 for Laois teenager

Four sports clubs in Laois united to host a massive fundraiser for a teenage boy and combined with the proceeds to an online fundraiser almost €25,000 has been raised. 

#TeamofDillon is a fundraising campaign for Dillon Payne, from Mountmellick who is undergoing cancer treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Portarlington Rugby Club, Mountmellick GAA Club, Mountmellick United FC and The Rock GAA club lay aside any rivalry to host a family fun day over the May Bank Holiday and raised a huge €13,950. 

Separately, an online fundraiser has almost reached another €11,000 bringing the total to just under €25,000. 

People from all across The Rock, Mountmellick and Portarlington supported a fun day and barbeque at Mountmellick GAA Club over the May bank holiday. Mountmellick GAA thanked everyone who supported the fundraiser. 

A presentation will be made on behalf of the four sports clubs to Dillon and his family in the coming weeks.

An ongoing online fundraiser has received donations from communions, creche fundraisers and sponsorship for a head shave to name a few. This reached €10,000 in under two weeks as the community has shown an outpouring of support for the well-known teenager.

The head shaving night will take place on Wednesday, May 29 at Moloney's bar in Mountmellick from 7 pm. 

Dillon is a Junior Cert student at Mountmellick Community School, is a talented player in the rugby, soccer and GAA clubs.

See the online fundraiser here.