Proceeds from golf classic in honour of Limerick kidney disease victim are presented

Gerard Fitzgibbon

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Gerard Fitzgibbon

THE FAMILY of a Limerick man who was honoured with a charity golf classic presented a cheque for €20,000 to the Irish Kidney Association in Limerick City this Wednesday.

THE FAMILY of a Limerick man who was honoured with a charity golf classic presented a cheque for €20,000 to the Irish Kidney Association in Limerick City this Wednesday.

The proceeds from the inaugural Brian Hunt Memorial charity golf classic, which took place earlier this year, were presented by members of the Hunt family at the offices of Certus, on Henry Street, where Brian worked up until his death last year at the age of 26 from a rare kidney disease.

A plaque in Brian’s memory was also unveiled at the office by his parents Gabriel and Loretta and brother Cian.

The Brian Hunt Memorial golf classic was held at Rathbane golf club in March, and was followed by an auction of sports memorabilia donated by the likes of Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke at Patrick Punch’s Hotel.

The event was organised by Brian’s friends and family in a bid to pay tribute to a man who spent most of his life battling the rare disease MPGN, but did not let it diminish his love for life, sport and his family.

In recognition of their efforts, the committee were jointly awarded the Limerick Leader’s Person of the Month award for March.

Speaking at Wednesday’s cheque presentation, Gabriel Hunt said that it was a “very proud day” for their whole family. “Everyone worked tirelessly to raise money and it shows the high regard in which Brian was held”.

Among the dozens of people who entered into the golf scramble were some of Brian’s former co-workers at Certus, who also attended this Wednesday’s event. Certus CEO Joe Higgins said that the company have grown very close to the Hunt family since Brian’s death, and will continue to support their efforts in turning the Brian Hunt Memorial tournament into an annual event.

“Certus is delighted to support the Hunt family and Brian’s friends and colleagues in their efforts to raise money for the Irish Kidney Association,” said Mr Higgins.

“A key part of our core values is to make a positive and long term contribution to the communities in which we operate by encouraging our colleagues to give back to their communities.

“It was very fitting that the Limerick team chose to commemorate a dear and much missed colleague by raising funds in his memory. The plaque is a permanent reminder of his contribution during his short life.”