Showing travel retail’s great heart

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Martin Moodie
Martin Moodie is the Founder & Chairman of The Moodie Report.

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Two of the industry’s big charitable initiatives of 2007 and 2008 share a heart-warming link.

This week our media colleagues Raven Fox (publishers of DFNI) announced an excellent cause for their annual fund-raising Charity Ball (29 February at the Renaissance Chancery Court Hotel in London).

The chosen recipient is the Children’s Research and Medical Foundation at Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Dublin. This fantastic facility specialises in helping children with serious, often life-threatening illnesses. It is funded almost entirely by donations.

DFNI Editor Gavin Lipsith said the aim of the evening is to fund a state-of-the-art heart imaging system to allow early and effective diagnosis of heart defects in infants and children.

The charity has very personal roots in travel retail. It was nominated by Irishman Gerry Crawford, a long-serving and hugely popular Aer Rianta International executive, who is currently General Manager of CTC-ARI Airports in Cyprus.

Gerry’s baby son Hugo was aided by the hospital’s specialists shortly after his birth in 2006. For the full, poignant story of how the hospital helped a nine-day old baby with a severe congenital heart defect, see our home page or


Needless to say, this great cause warrants the industry’s full support. Especially because Gerry (pictured comparing hairdressing techniques with The Moodie Report Publisher at the Frontier Awards) is one of its great guys, and one who is always quick to put up his hand to support others – including The Smile Train charity championed by The Moodie Report and Hugo Boss at October 5’s fund-raising dinner in Hong Kong.

So let’s help a few other young lives. Well done to Raven Fox for choosing a great cause. We’ll be supporting it and hope many others will too.

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