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As an international superstar you’d imagine Liam Payne must be pretty hard to surprise in the present department.  But thanks to some super thoughtful One D fans, the singer is about to receive a gift with a difference.

When faced with the challenge of buying for the person who appears to have everything, a group of Liam’s resourceful followers decided to set up a fundraising campaign to mark the singer’s upcoming 23rd birthday.

Using a Just Giving page, the fans who “would like to give back” are using the popstar’s birthday to raise money for the Way Youth Zone in Wolverhampton – a community centre in Liam’s hometown.

 

 

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The page reads: “Liam Payne has done so much for fans so we the fans would like to give back.”

“In honour of his 23rd birthday, we are collecting donations for  the Way Youth Zone in Wolverhampton, a purpose-built facility for the city's young people aged 8-19 (and up to 25 for those with disabilities).”

Cheryl’s boyfriend eventually heard about the fans’ plan through his mother and took to Instagram to express his gratitude.

 

Alongside a picture of an article about the fundraiser, Liam wrote: “My mum just showed me this who’s ever idea that was thank you so much what an amazing birthday present” (sic).  Awh!

Fair play to the fans for coming up with such a positive way of marking the singer’s special day.

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Mrs Brown’s Boys actor Danny O’Carroll is in the midst of setting up a charity fundraiser in Donegal to raise funds for the family of the Buncrana victims.

Danny plays Buster in the hugely popular TV show and originally planned to hold a fundraiser for Pieta House. But, when the star saw the tragedy of Buncrana he decided a fundraiser for the family of the victims would be the right thing to do as well. 

 

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“They are two separate causes but I thought with all the celebrities who are going to be in Donegal on May 27 we could get two events up and running,” Danny told The Irish Mirror.

The fundraiser is set to host a celebrity golf classic at the Rosapenna Golf Couse on May 27, and also a gala dinner at the Shandon Hotel and Spa in Dunfanaghy on the same night.

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26 designers, 800 attendees and one brilliant cause.

It's not often that a charity event can hold its own in the world of fashion, but the ARC Fashion Show does just that.

Following on from the success of last year, the show returns to Dublin's RDS this Monday April 4, with a host of amazing Irish designers already confirmed.

With all funds raised going direction to ARC Cancer Support Centres around Ireland, this is one night of fun and glamour that's worth every penny.

Among this years confirmed names is Irish design mastermind Helen Cody, who counts Amy Huberman and Stephanie Roche among her fans.

This will be Helen's third year to showcase at the event, after being approached by producer Eddie Shanahan back in 2014.

Other designers confirmed include Heidi Higgins, Emma Manley, David O’Malley and Mairead Whisker.

This year will also see six milliners – Martha Lynn, Aisling Ahern, Margaret O’Connor, Elaine Keogh, Aoife Kirwan and Davina Lynch – showing off their exquisite creations.

As with every year, five of the models in the show will be 'ARC Angels,' clients of ARC who are battling cancer.

The ARC Fashion Show takes place on Monday 4th April at 8pm at the RDS Concert Hall.  Tickets cost €50 and can be purchased by calling 01 830 7333 or visiting the ARC website. You can also donate €4 today to ARC by texting ARC to 50300.

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For the past ten days since the terrible tragedy which occurred in Berkeley and led to the death of six young Irish students, communities up and down the country have come together to help those affected.

Now, a Dublin GAA club have banded together to gather support for one of their members.

Jack Halpin from Rathmines was one of the seven people dangerously injured during the balcony collapse. Medical staff in California have described his condition at the moment as ‘fair’. The 21-year old had just completed a commerce degree from UCD.

Jack is a member of the Templeogue GAA club and has been playing hurling and fooball with them since he was at under-age level. He’s been known to be a great player and lover of both sports and represented Dublin when he was a younger player.

The website ‘Judes for Jack’ was created by members of the club with the aim of raising funds to help those affected by the deadly accident in Berkeley.

Jack’s family are heavily involved with the club and coached several of the teams. A spokesperson for the club said that:

 “Communities throughout the country have thousands of Jack Halpins with hopes and dreams of a bright and shining future in career and sport and in love and friendship, unmarred by thoughts of tragedy and loss, such as that inflicted recently on those young lives in California.”

The fundraising website hopes to offer support for Jack and others as they recover from their injuries and they wish for “communities to show that none of us as individuals needs ever feel alone.”

The website reads:

“Jack, among others of his friends, has sustained serious injuries which will involve periods of hospitalisation and recuperation and recovery, which we hope will be timely and completely successful and will allow Jack to return, fully restored, to the bosom of his family and his people.”

The club have made a touching gesture at such a difficult time.

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