Harrington sells branding for good cause

Major winner Padraig Harrington is offering the branding of his clothing and bag for three tournaments to help relative.

    Padraig Harrington's sponsors have let him use branding to help a wheelchair-bound relative [GALLO/GETTY] 

    Triple major champion Padraig Harrington is to lend financial support to a wheelchair-bound relative by selling branding space on his golf clothing and equipment.

    Father of three Gerard Byrne, 35, a cousin of Harrington's wife Caroline, is paralysed from the waist down and has been told he will never walk again after being involved in a car accident a few weeks ago.

    "This is why I never want to complain again about golf," said the 2007 and 2008 British Open winner and 2008 U.S. PGA champion ahead of this week's Honda Classic in Florida.

    "Gerard will need a lot of assistance in his life - a wheelchair-enabled car, renovations to his home and other things," he told the Irish Times.

    "My sponsors have agreed to allow me to offer all the branding on my clothing and bag to the highest bidder for three
    tournaments in March and April," said Harrington in a reference to the Houston Open, U.S. Masters and Heritage Classic.

    The 40-year-old, who has dropped from third to 87th in the world rankings in the last three years, has already received
    some offers.

    "We have a bid of $134,200 for the front of my cap and $66,835 for a space on my chest," said six-times Ryder Cup player Harrington who is without a victory since the 2010 Johor Open in Malaysia.

    SOURCE: Reuters


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Meet the deported nurse aiding asylum seekers at US-Mexico border

    Meet the deported nurse helping refugees at the border

    Francisco 'Panchito' Olachea drives a beat-up ambulance around Nogales, taking care of those trying to get to the US.

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    How a homegrown burger joint pioneered a food revolution and decades later gave a young, politicised class its identity.

    'We will cut your throats': The anatomy of Greece's lynch mobs

    The brutality of Greece's racist lynch mobs

    With anti-migrant violence hitting a fever pitch, victims ask why Greek authorities have carried out so few arrests.