Ben Reidy with Munster Players - Alex Wooton, Jaco Taute, Rhys Marshall, Sam Arnold and Jean Kleyn at Dreamland in Limerick
A HOST of Munster Rugby stars have brought some Christmas joy to a six-year-old fighting a life-threatening illness at Limerick’s Dreamland.
Munster fan Ben Reidy, 6, from Clare, had his dreams come true by meeting five players from the team, who helped him to celebrate his birthday at the Share a Dream facility in the city.
Ben’s mum Catriona contacted Shay Kinsella of the Share a Dream Foundation to organise a special treat for his birthday –and the charity closed down Dreamland to the public to give him, his family and friends a birthday party to remember for years to come.
Munster stars Alex Wooton, Jaco Taute, Rhys Marshall, Sam Arnold and Jean Kleyn all turned out to support Ben, who has “has suffered so much in his short but traumatic young life”, Mr Kinsella said.
“For children fighting terrible life threatening illnesses, Share a Dream move heaven and earth to make their fondest dreams come true,” said Shay.
“We have a wonderful relationship with Munster and when we explained to their manager what we were trying to do, and if it was possible for one of them team to visit Dreamland and present Ben with a beautiful cake specially designed and made by Deirdre’s Cakes, she said she would do what they could, but as it was European Cup week it might not be possible,” explained Mr Kinsella, adding that to the “absolute delight” of Ben’s family and the 50-plus that were attending, in walked not just one, but five of the Munster squad to make it a really magical Christmas present for Ben and his family.
“We can’t thank Munster rugby enough for always being there and helping us bring a little magic into the lives of children who are fighting an uphill battle against terrible life threatening illnesses,” said the Share a Dream founder.
“The five lads were all wonderful ambassadors and are truly, caring young men who spent so much time with little Ben,” he added.
Share a Dream are making dreams come true at present for 17 other children fighting terrible illnesses. If you can help Share a Dream continue making dreams come true please contact them at www.shareadream.ie.