Big-hearted Graeme McDowell has landed a $127,000 charity donation for the Children’s Medical & Research Foundation at the Our Lady Children’s Hospital Crumlin in Dublin, Ireland to help thousands of children in need of assistance.
Armed with only the hashtag #RBCMcDowell and without making a single putt or drive, Graeme won the inaugural #RBCGolf4Kids online charity challenge. Proving it’s not just their play on the course, but what they do off the course that makes them good role models, 11 Team RBC professional golfers including Ernie Els, Luke Donald and Jim Furyk participated in the15-week online challenge, which closed at the RBC Canadian Open in July.
The challenge was designed to raise money and awareness for nine well-deserving children’s charities in Canada, the US and Ireland. Each golfer and their charity used unique content to promote their specific hashtag among fans, and encouraged sharing and retweeting to win a portion of the $300,000 purse.
A thrilled G-Mac said: “The CMRF is a charity I have worked with for a number of years and they do tremendous work. I would like to thank RBC for their generosity, my followers on Twitter for their many thousands of tweets and everyone involved in making this campaign such a success. I know from first hand experience on my visits that the first prize of $127,000 will help so many children at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin
“The hospital in an incredible place, full of hard working and incredible professionals, every day saving children’s lives.” Joe Quinsey, CEO of the CMRF. “We’ re absolutely thrilled that Graeme came out on top of this wonderful and innovative challenge. This donation will be used to purchase important cardiac vital signs monitors and pain relief pumps.”