Following the release of his new book, Climb with Charlie, journalist Charlie Bird has been reflecting back on the causes that matter most to him.
His Climb with Charlie campaign raised over €3 million for The Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association and Pieta.
But his activism doesn’t stop there as he is now sharing his support for the the LGBTQ+ community, explaining how wants a pride flag to be placed on his coffin.
Telling the Irish Times; “I knew people in RTÉ who were gay or lesbian going back many, many years and I have put my arm around those people. One person I knew very well died of Aids.”
Looking back, Charlie wished there had been more supports for the community in the past.
Saying; ““we collectively could have been more supportive [of LGBTQ+ people]. So when I had left RTÉ and was asked by [former presidential adviser] Bride Rosney if I would be the MC of the press conference of the Yes for Marriage Equality campaign, I didn’t hesitate.”
“[It’s] one thing I am very proud of.”
The Dubliner also revealed how he would like the LGBTQ+ community to be involved with his funeral. Hoping friends will speak on the day, “and place a Pride flag on my coffin.”
Charlie was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, in 2021.
Sharing the new in October of last year, he has been inundated with support since. Announcing the news on Twitter he wrote; “Recently I spoke about issues with my voice. I now know why. I have been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.”
“Thanks to all my pals for their amazing support. And the kindness from so many people. Stay safe everyone.”