Tipperary students can help to raise funds for Crumlin children’s hospital

Ryan Sheridan appealed to secondary school students in Tipperary to support the 2013 Kellogg’s Fun Raise 4 Kids Campaign, to raise much needed funds for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.

Ryan Sheridan appealed to secondary school students in Tipperary to support the 2013 Kellogg’s Fun Raise 4 Kids Campaign, to raise much needed funds for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.

The musician is challenging Tipperary students to come up with the ‘most creative’ ideas and events to raise much needed funds for the hospital.

Speaking at the launch of Kellogg’s Fun Raise 4 Kids Ryan Sheridan said: “I have been a part of a ward walk of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin at Christmas, for the past three years. To see kids with serious illnesses, often in isolation or hooked up to ventilation units, is a realistic experience and one that brings you back down to earth. The staff of the hospital work endlessly and tirelessly with a smile on their face for each kid. With the help of the schools, we can help each other to help raise some money for the hospital, and really make a difference!”

Last year’s Kellogg’s Fun Raise 4 Kids Munster champions Scoil Mhuire gan Smal, Blarney, County Cork took part in a variety of events including a leg wax for students and teachers alike.

According to Maeve Martin, a teacher at Scoil Mhuire gan Smal: “Scoil Mhuire gan Smal are very proud of our fundraising for Kellogg’s Fun Raise 4 Kids. Everyone in the school from the teachers to the students thoroughly enjoy the challenge and participating is a great way to teach students the value of teamwork, organisational skills, responsibility and civic duty, as well as being a fun way to get out and get active. We look forward to our continued support of such a worthy cause.”

In 2012 the Children’s Medical & Research Foundation set the ambitious target of completing and delivering world class facilities for cardiac and cancer patients and their families by summer 2013. Thanks to the response of the public they are already half way there. With the support of the Kellogg’s Fun Raise 4 Kids programme, they can inch closer to the target of €8m which needs to be raised.

According to Professor Owen Smith, one of the country’s leading paediatric cancer specialists: “We’re half way there. Armed with support from Kellogg’s and schools around the country we can get the job done for Ireland’s sickest children. They cannot wait until 2017 or 2018 for a new hospital to answer their needs. Children are sick, right now. Their illnesses ignore time and circumstances. These illnesses are not going to stop or abate. We have to provide them and their families with comfort and dignity now.”

“The hospital can guarantee expert and dedicated care but the environment in which vulnerable young cancer and cardiac patients are treated is not fit-for-purpose,” he added.

According to Aideen Murphy, Senior Brand Manager, Kellogg’s: “With the help of secondary school students across the country, Ireland’s most ill children – and their families – will be one step closer to state of the art facilities in 2013. This is the reason why we are asking schools to get involved with Kellogg’s Fun Raise 4 Kids. By taking part in Kellogg’s Fun Raise 4 Kids you can help Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital to provide facilities that are fitting for children and their parents.”

To support Kellogg’s Fun Raise 4 Kids donate now by texting Crumlin to 57500. Texts cost €2.50 plus standard network rate SMS.

Students are invited to register their event by emailing funraise4kids@cmrf.org. One lucky school will be in with a chance to win a performance from Ryan Sheridan. For further information find us on facebook or visit www.funraise3kids.ie.