Dundalk FC goalkeeper Gary Rogers is set to give up two of his iconic jerseys from the club’s memorable 2016 season in aid of the Jack & Jill Foundation.
The 38-year-old is auctioning his match worn jersey from the club’s Champions League qualifier against Legia Warsaw in the Polish Army Stadium from August 2016 while a GoFundMe page has been set up so that people can donate towards the charity with a chance of winning another match worn jersey from the side’s league success of four years ago.
Gary revealed the thought process behind offering up the two jerseys.
“During lockdown we were doing a bit of a tidy up at home and I pulled out bags of jerseys and I was just going through them all so I decided I’d do something with them.
“Obviously some of them wouldn’t mean a lot to anybody else but the 2016 ones are a bit special and I suppose at least this way someone can make better use of them than leaving them sitting in a press here where they won’t see the light of day.
“The 2016 season will be long remembered as one of the highlights for the club. I’ve lived those highlights so passing on the jerseys and raising a few pound for charity would be just as good as holding on them. That’s the thinking behind it.”
Having made up his mind to raise money for charity, a chance encounter with his neighbour Tracy Carroll, whose daughter Willow requires 24 hour care, saw him decide upon Jack & Jill as his charity of choice.
“I know Tracy does a lot of work for Jack & Jill and she has a child who needs care as well so I suppose that was a sign when I was thinking about a charity to support that they’d be the ones to benefit.”
Details on how to bid or make a donation for either jersey can be found on Gary’s Twitter page at twitter.com/1garyrogers