One of Ireland's most well known bloggers has raised over €170,000 for two children's hospitals.
Rosie Connolly launched a special giveaway on her Instagram page, offering her followers the chance to win a Gucci bag in exchange for a donation to Temple Street Children's Hospital and Crumlin's Children's Hospital.
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⚠️ STOP AND READ ⚠️ No, this is not a braggy “look at my new bag” post... far from it. During the year, I was given the opportunity to raise some money for the children’s hospital in Crumlin, and they had invited me in to walk the wards and see just where that money would be going. I can’t tell you how much that day changed me. I fought back the tears, thinking “why am I crying when there are parents here who are broken hearted and worried about their sick children?” ❤️ As I passed one of the beautiful babies in the heart unit, I glanced in only to be greeted by the biggest smile from a mother caring for her baby... I couldn’t believe that she had the energy to look up, never mind smile at a total stranger. And that’s when one of the team explained that these children are going through the toughest time of their little lives, but their parents know that they are in the best possible hands and the hospitals are doing all they can for them ❤️ I couldn’t let the year go by without doing something to say THANK YOU to two of Dublin’s children’s hospitals - @temple_street_foundation and @cmrf_crumlin ❤️ So in order to encourage you all to help me give back this Christmas, I have bought one of you a little Christmas gift and would like you to DONATE whatever you can, from €5 upwards, in order to be entered to win this @gucci bag ❤️ This isn’t about material things, but if this incentive helps me to raise as much money as possible then it’s worth it ❤️ HOW TO ENTER : 1. Click the link in my bio and donate a minimum of €5, but as much as you can. 2. Comment here when you’re done. 3. I will chose a winner at random on the 21st or December and will ask the winner for proof of their donation made ❤️ To kick start it, I have donated €1000 and would love you to help me on this PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE share this with as many as you can and let’s help raise as much money as we can Just to be clear, the bag was purchased by me, full price, no discounts from @netaporter and comes with all tags attached, receipts, dust bags and box ❤️ The total raised will be split evenly between @temple_street_foundation and @cmrf_crumlin ❤️ THANK YOU for reading this far
The mum-of-two set up a Go Fund Me page on Monday night, writing:
"This Christmas, I am hoping to raise as much money as possible for both Temple Street Children’s Hospital and Crumlin Children’s Hospital.
"I am running a giveaway over on my Instagram account to encourage you to donate what you can, no matter how small, in order to help these wonderful hospitals to look after our children here in Ireland.
"Your help is greatly appreciated."
So far, over €170,000 has been raised in under 48 hours with almost 17,000 people donating.
Rosie took to her Instagram Stories last night to thank her almost 300,000 followers for their support.
What an incredible gesture!