Tipperary TDs come up roses for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland’s annual flagship fundraising appeal

TDs help launch nationwide fundraising appeal for vital cystic fibrosis services.

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Everything was rosy in the garden for Tipperary deputies Seamus Healy and Mattie McGrath at the recent launch of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland’s 65 Roses Day fundraising appeal.

The local TDs are urging the people of Tipperary to “come up roses” for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland on Friday 13th April and buy a purple rose and help raise much-needed funds for cystic fibrosis services. Volunteers will be out and about on the streets of the county selling purple roses, including at Clonmel's Showgrounds Shopping Centre and Roscrea Shopping Centre, while purple roses will also be on sale in participating Spar stores.

Seamus Healy TD and Philip Watt (CEO, Cystic Fibrosis Ireland).

The 65 Roses appeal gets its name from the way children with this condition are often first taught to say the words ‘cystic fibrosis’. Apart from buying a purple rose, people can also support Cystic Fibrosis Ireland’s 65 Roses Day by donating online, completing a 65 Roses challenge and texting 65ROSES to 50300 to donate €2 [Text costs €2. Cystic Fibrosis Ireland will receive a minimum of €1.80. Service Provider: LIKE CHARITY. Helpline: 076 6805278].

Schools and companies are being especially encouraged to get behind 65 Roses Day by selling purple roses or organising their own 65 Roses Challenges, such a €6.5 bake sale, cycling 65 kilometres or swimming 65 lengths of a pool.

Most severe types of cystic fibrosis

Ireland has the highest incidence of cystic fibrosis  per head of population and some of the most severe types of the condition in the world.

Almost all of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland’s funding comes from public donations and organisers are hoping to raise more than €100,000 for vital cystic fibrosis services in 2018. Services funded include the development of new cystic fibrosis units, incorporating in-patient, day care and outpatient facilities, specialist cystic fibrosis multi-disciplinary posts in hospitals, patient support grants, and medical and scientific research.

Get involved

If you would like to volunteer and lend your support on 65 Roses Day by selling purple roses in your community or workplace, simply call Peter on LoCall 1890 311 211, email fundraising@cfireland.ie or visit 65rosesday.ie.