Haslam’s Harts appeal

by Gazette Reporter

SATURDAY evening will see a special fundraising game at Hartstown Huntstown Football Club, an event inspired in eight-year-old Daniel Haslam.
The tie will see the Hartstown Hunstown Old Boys take on the Hartstown Huntstown Old Girls on the Hartstown Park all-weather pitch at 6pm this Saturday.
Haslam was originally a player in the club’s nursery and academy programme but inspired those behind the scenes to introduce a Football for All programme at Hartstown Huntstown.
The club’s poster advertising the game and the cause explains exactly why fundraising and support is needed and invite all who can donate or turn up on Saturday to please do. The statement read: “Daniel is a beautiful, bubbly, eight-year-old autistic boy.
“At the minute, Dan is waiting for results of a genetic disorder test which, in itself, brings its own complications.
“What we do know now is Dan has been diagnosed with optical atrophy. This means his eyesight will go within the next few years. He has also been fitted with hearing aids as he is losing his hearing too.
“This is absolutely heartbreaking for us all and we need to do something special for Dan before he loses these senses.”
Speaking to Tracy Beesley, coach of the club’s Football for All programme, she said Haslam’s popularity in the Hartstown Huntstown community is clear.
“Saturday’s going to be a big day and he really deserves it,” she said. “He’s a wonderful kid who loves his football and is loved by all Hartstown Huntstown. Dan is very much at the front of our Football for All programme and other initiatives here in the club.”
The match itself will see the club’s over-35s team face a senior ladies selection with Dan, his mother and father Carol and Ken and the rest of the family set to be in attendance.
Each player will donate €20 to play and a raffle and presentation will be held in the Hartstown House afterwards.
Speaking to Gazette Sport, Beesley said that funds raised will go to support Haslam.
“A lot will go towards helping Dan medically but, also, he loves trains; absolutely adores them. So we want to give him as many memories onboard a train as we can.
“A couple of the senior players of the club work for Irish Rail and they’ve managed to set-up a chance for Dan to try out their simulator which he will love.
“He also wants to go to London to see Big Ben too so there are a lot of plans; this is just the start of our fundraising for such a special boy.”
The fundraising target for Team Daniel has been set at €5,000 and, as of Tuesday afternoon, over half of that had been donated. Any donations are welcome and can be offered at https://www.gofundme.com/dansadventures.

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