John O'Leary and his wife Catherine and sons Tom (8) and Jack (10)

Dublin GAA football legend John O’Leary his wife Catherine and sons Tom (8) and Jack (10) are calling on people to lend their support to the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation “Up the Hill for Jack & Jill” fundraising challenge.

The fun endeavour, in support of the Foundation’s vital home nursing and in-home respite services for seriously-ill children, sees organised climbs taking place at the Magazine Fort in the Phoenix Park on Sunday September 22 at 2.30pm, and at Tara Pool, Lake Drive, in Citywest on Wednesday September 25, at 1pm.

Goal-keeping legend, and Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation board member, John knows only too well the value of the services provided.

“My son Tom was born with a heart condition and rare chromosome disorder which left him in need of constant care,” O Leary said.

“He has had open heart surgery and 56 hospital admissions.

“There is no other child in the world like Tom as his condition is so rare.

“Jack & Jill helped us to get Tom off to the best possible start, giving us the confidence and coaching that we needed in the early days.

“Tom is now eight years old and a graduate of Jack & Jill and we are so proud as a family to get involved in the Up the Hill campaign this year where Tom will be walking with us along with his big brother Jack.

“On Sunday September 22, not only will we be going ‘Up the Hill for Jack and Jill’ in the Phoenix Park, but we will also be doing it for Tom and for all the children supported by Jack & Jill across the country, each with their own story.

“Jack & Jill is all about community, I call it the GAA of Irish charities with a big reach into local communities everywhere.

“Whether you can join us in the Phoenix Park, or on one of the other organised hill climbs, or do your own, or you’d rather just simply make a donation of €16, I’d really urge you to do what you can to lend your support.”

To register and receive a fundraising pack, visit www.jackandjill.ie