As Ireland celebrate the early win of the whole Six Nations championship, the Outlander stars made it clear the only person winning their bet was Vincent Lyons.
When Sam Heughan challenged Caitriona Balfe to a bet on the Six Nations Ireland vs. Scotland rugby game, we knew there could only be one winner. After all, it was a given that Balfe would take up the bet and one side would lose. The only winner would be whichever charity the winner chose for the loser to donate to.
In the end, Ireland secured its Six Nations 2018 victory. It wasn’t just a win against Scotland, but France’s win over England helped Ireland get crowned championship winners a game early. They’re not the overall winners, though.
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Since Balfe’s team won, she chose a GoFundMe campaign for Vincent Lyons, a 6-year-old suffering from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. There is currently no cure for the illness, which will see Lyons’ muscles weaker due to the body not making the necessary protein to strengthen it. This will eventually lead to heart and lung problems.
However, there is a treatment outside of Europe, which Ireland’s Temple Street Children’s Hospital has agreed to administer if Lyons’ parents get the treatment to them. That requires funds and the cost is currently the equivalent to around $545,000, without the cost of shipping included.
Heughan instantly donated his £100 ($140) to the cause, and Balfe agreed to match that donation. Rather than nothing at all had the bet not happened, Lyons has ended up with an extra $280 towards his care. It’s not a huge amount, but every little counts.
It’s also raised awareness for the campaign. Outlander fans shared all about the bet and tweeted about Heughan’s donation, which helped spread the news around Twitter. Many more will likely donate because of this.
The only true winner in this bet was young Lyons.
You can learn more about Vincent Lyons’ condition on his GoFundMe campaign.