New Inn resident John McHugh, with the help of his organising committee, Josephine Casey, local schoolteacher in Cahir, Breda Delahunty of Recharge cartridges in Thurles, Joe Sullivan from Clonmel, and Steve Coyle of Fusion Sign Worx in Cashel, Is hoping to raise in excess of €30k for the Barretstown camp by holding a Charity Auction on May 1 in Cahir House Hotel.
They are looking to raise awareness of the event, firstly to ask people to donate items for the auction in the lead up to the event, and secondly to promote the auction itself. They are currently promoting the auction via the website www.barretstowncharityauction.com, and on facebook, www.facebook.com/barretstowncharityauction.
John also has be given the use of A Fiat Ducato van from Fiat Ireland which has been signwritten with eyecatching graphics by Fusion Sign Worx in Cashel.
John himself is a seasoned fund raiser. Some of his recent projcts include:
Raising over €4k by holding a concert with Chloe Coyle and Andrea Rice (all Ireland Talent Show) in Boru Bru, Cashel last year;
With his son Aidan, raised over €7k by doing a Charity Hair Cutting day in Toni & Guy salons all over Ireland; and raising over €13k to help the victims of the Tsunami a few years back and presenting the cheque to the Red Cross.
He got involved withe the Barretstown Charity by taking part in the famous Cannonball run in Ireland in 2009 and 2010. Barretstown is a specially-designed camp that provides Therapeutic Recreation programmes for children with serious illnesses, and their families.
It was founded by Hollywood actor Paul Newman in 1994 and modelled on his renowned Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Connecticut, USA. Excellent, unobtrusive medical supervision helps children with cancer and other diseases forget illness, learn to have fun and rebuild their confidence and self-esteem. Their programmes take place at a fairytale castle in the beautiful foothills of Ireland’s Wicklow Mountains.
They serve children affected by serious illnesses - primarily cancer and serious blood diseases - from Ireland, Britain and throughout Europe, and their families.
All of the children and families come to Barretstown free of charge. Everything, including accommodation, food, medical assistance and round-trip airfares are provided at no cost to the family. Barretstown is supported by donations and the fundraising efforts of corporate supporters, individuals and community groups.
They are getting donations of some weird and wonderful items for the auction itself, as well as plenty of more traditional items which are coming in on a daily basis. To donate, people can contact any of the committee members on their phone numbers which are published on the site or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org