SO how much is a pair of boots and a jersey worn by Colm Cooper worth these days?
Quite a lot is the correct answer. €11,000 to be exact.
The Kerry and Dr Crokes legend generously donated the boots he wore in the 2006 All-Ireland final and a signed All-Stars jersey from 2013 to a campaign to help a little boy fighting for his life.
He pledged his support to the DoitforDan Trust to help toddler Dan Donoher, the son of Laois GAA players Niall and Aisling Donoher, who was diagnosed with an extremely rare spinal muscular atrophy condition in December.
A ground-breaking treatment has now become available in America but the cost is in excess of $2 million. GAA players and others have organised a series of fundraisers, however, and their efforts have generated €1.5 million to date.
Big-hearted Colm donated his playing gear to the cause and invited bids on social media and to say it is attracted a great deal of interest is quite understatement.
A €11,000 bid from New York secured the boots and the jersey and Colm said he was delighted they were purchased.
“A huge thank you to some bidders who donated privately – amazing generosity,” said Colm.
Meanwhile, little Dan’s journey continues and members of the public can still donate can still on gofundme.com/f/1x3knoyjlc?u
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