Busking Fest raises €19,000 for Crumlin Children’s Hospital

Bernie Commins

Reporter:

Bernie Commins

Clonmel Scouts who were in charge of the bucket collections during the Clonmel Busking Festival, pictured at the cheque presentation in the Towh Hall.
The chief fundraising officer from Crumlin Children’s Hospital travelled to Clonmel this week, where he was presented with a cheque for €19,000.

The chief fundraising officer from Crumlin Children’s Hospital travelled to Clonmel this week, where he was presented with a cheque for €19,000.

Gerry Cully, senior community fundraising manager received the proceeds of this year’s hugely successful Busking Festival at a special event held in the Town Hall, facilitated by Mayor Pat English.

Organisers of the Busking Festival and Clonmel Scouts, who were bucket collectors throughout the festival weekend, attended the presentation where Mr Cully said that Clonmel Busking Festival was the ‘biggest fundraising community in Ireland’.

And this community is playing a huge part in the Fix Crumlin Campaign, which was established to raise much needed funds to improve facilities at the hospital, including the renovation of cancer and cardiac wards. Recently built new facilities mean that private rooms and bathrooms are available for children and their families for the first time ever in the cancer ward.

Busking festival organiser Eelco Beckers said he was so proud of the Festival’s achievements to date. “You think it is a drop in the bucket but we are making a difference.”

He thanked everyone for the support. After four years the Festival has raised €49,650