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Charlotte Kavanagh, Partnerships and Engagement Manager, Cliona's Foundation. Charlotte Kavanagh, Partnerships and Engagement Manager, Cliona's Foundation.


Cliona’s Foundation are pleased to announce appointment of Charlotte Kavanagh



Charlotte Kavanagh, Partnerships and Engagement Manager, Cliona’s Foundation.

Cliona’s Foundation are pleased to announce appointment of Charlotte Kavanagh

Cliona’s Foundation are pleased to announce the appointment of Charlotte Kavanagh as Partnerships and Engagement Manager, bringing with her over 15 years’ experience in Public Relations, Communications and Fundraising management.   

Announcing the appointment Cliona’s Co-Founder and CEO Brendan Ring said: “We are delighted to welcome Charlotte to Cliona’s. Thanks to the support of the Irish Public the fantastic work of Cliona’s Foundation has grown tremendously during the last 15 years. We witness the difficulties facing families caring for critically ill children on a daily basis, we have seen that these challenges have only been compounded by the ongoing Pandemic. The dedicated team at Cliona’s are stepping forward once more and we are launching an ambitious fundraising strategy to increase the support we current provide. I would absolutely love for as many of our kind supporters and friends to join us as we take this journey together to ultimately reach out to more Irish families, we know the need is greater than ever. We believe that Charlotte’s previous experience and passion for Cliona’s cause will be instrumental in achieving this goal”. 

Highly experienced in the areas of media relations, networking and digital marketing, fundraising and events, corporate partnerships, brand development and operations management, Charlotte’s style is energetic and proactive with a focus on collaboration. Speaking on her appointment Charlotte said: “I am thrilled and honoured to be taking up this challenging new position to leverage skills and experience gathered from a long career in the fundraising and communications sector with a view to supporting and influencing growth and financial success to continue the incredible work of Cliona’s”. 

Charlotte Kavanagh’s most recent role, during her ten years at The Hope Foundation, was as Chief Communications and Fundraising Executive where she directed the communications strategy and communications team for the organisation in Ireland, US and UK. Charlotte also directed the fundraising strategy whilst overseeing implementation of fundraising activities, campaigns and the fundraising team in Ireland.  

The team at Cliona’s are very much looking forward to working with Charlotte over the years ahead.  

About Cliona’s Foundation

Cliona’s Foundation is a national charity with their office in Limerick that provides financial assistance directly to parents of children with life-limiting or chronic complex care needs across Ireland to help with the non-medical expenses related to caring for their child. The Foundation was set up by Brendan and Terry Ring, following the death of their daughter Cliona, from an inoperable brain tumour in 2006 aged 16.  

Over the years, as Cliona underwent numerous different hospital treatments, Brendan and Terry were struck by the number of families, facing enormous financial hardship, on the brink of financial free-fall, blindsided by non-medical expenses piling up. They saw at first-hand the enormous toll it took on these families, already struggling to cope with the nightmare of having a seriously ill child. They decided to take action and set up Cliona’s Foundation, in honour of their daughter, a charity that uniquely provides financial assistance to families with children who have life limiting conditions. 

Since its launch, Cliona’s Foundation has raised in excess of €2 million and has helped more than 1000 families across 31 Counties. It is Brendan and Terry’s intimate understanding of the stress brought upon these families that explains the diversity of expenses covered by Cliona’s Foundation – from rent, food, utility bills to transportation for chemotherapy or alternative therapies, to a treat for a sibling and even covering the cost of a child’s funeral. 

Cliona’s Foundation is a registered Irish charity (CHY18127) and is a certified triple-locked member of the Charities Institute of Ireland.  

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.