Offaly students urged to get creative for Our Lady’s Hospital

Ryan Sheridan has appealed to secondary school students in Offaly 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 Offaly students to come up with the ‘most creative’ ideas and events, to raise much needed funds for the hospital.

Ryan Sheridan has appealed to secondary school students in Offaly 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 Offaly 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 Leinster Champions Coláiste Cois Siuire, Mooncoin, County Kilkenny, took part in a unique event called Cot for Crumlin.

According to Jeanette Fitzpatrick, Secretary at Coláiste Cois Siuire, “The students and staff, in conjunction with the local fishing cot owners, organised a unique fundraising event for Kellogg’s Fun Raise 4 Kids. They called the fundraiser a Cot for Crumlin and the students and staff raised money for a sponsored walk from the school to the quay. At the quay was a fleet of cots and their owners who organised a number of races. It was a wonderful event to be involved in and a fabulous effort by everyone in the community.”

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.