Rosie Connolly Raises Over €160k For Two Dublin Children's Hospitals

Irish Instagram influencer, Rosie Connolly, launched a brilliant giveaway to raise vital funds for Temple Street Children's Hospital and CMRF Crumlin.

Last night, Dublin mother and influencer, Rosie Connolly (known as @rosieconxxx on Instagram) posted a competition to win a Gucci bag on her Instagram feed.

In her own words, the competition was to say "thank you to two of Dublin's children's hospitals" for all of the incredible work that they do.

In her post, Rosie spoke about an experience she had while visiting CMRF Crumlin during the year. While there, she was overwhelmed by the strength of the parents and children in the hospital as well as the incredible work being done by the staff.

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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 🎁

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It inspired her to find a way to give back, and encourage her followers to do so as well.

Rosie launched a straightforward competition to win a Gucci bag. The rules are simple - click the link in her bio to donate a minimum of €5 to her GoFundMe campaign. Then, comment under the post to say you have done it.

She set the target at €5000 and donated €1000 herself to get the campaign off the ground.

Since then, the competition has raised a whopping €160k, which will be split evenly between Temple Street and Crumlin.

This is a fantastic example of someone using their influence for good and showing how, even at a time where Christmas is stressful and financially strenuous for many, people are willing to give back.

The competition doesn't close until the 21st of December, so if you haven't already - give what you can! Go to Rosie's post here to enter.

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