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Cliona’s Foundation charity race day launch at Limerick Racecourse on the 25th of May with TJ Ryan, Shane Dowling, Darren Sheehan and Fiona Carey, Limerick Racecourse. Picture: Keith Wiseman

Cliona’s Foundation has announced that their Annual Inter-Firm Charity Race Day will take place on Thursday, May 25, 2023 at Limerick Racecourse

Cliona’s ambassadors Shane Dowling and TJ Ryan were on hand to launch this special race day. Joining TJ and Shane was Fiona Carey (Limerick Racecourse).

Cliona’s and the race day organisers are promising a fantastic day out for all attendees with two types of tickets available for the big day – a corporate ticket for 4 people or individual tickets. The corporate ticket includes admission to the racecourse, a complimentary race card featuring the company name and logo and entry to win a magnificent overall prize.

Both tickets include delicious food, followed by fantastic live music at the Greenmount Suite. The evening offers an opportunity to network with other businesses and time to relax with friends at your very own reserved seating following a fun packed summer’s day at the races.


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Attendees will enjoy a tote and bar waiter service and, of course, a tipster. Everyone can avail of complimentary access to the balcony viewing area overlooking the racetrack.

Doors open for the event at 4pm and the first race kicks off at approximately 5pm.

Shane Dowling said, “I am delighted to be able to support the incredible work of Cliona’s Foundation, I have seen first-hand the impact the financial help is to families caring for a seriously sick child. We are looking forward to a fantastic day out at Limerick Racecourse in May.”

Cliona’s have been helping families in Limerick, in the Mid-West and Limerick, since 2008. To date the foundation has provided financial assistance to 207 families in the region. The relentless increase in inflation shows, now, yet again, families with sick children are disproportionately affected by situations out of their control, this time it is rapidly increasing living costs. These are parents who are in a living nightmare and the last thing they should have to worry about is bills. Many parents must give up their jobs to care for their sick child, leaving them struggling to cope. Studies have highlighted that a family will need between
€10,000 and €15,000 a year to cover various bills while their child is ill.

Speaking about the importance of fundraising events for the organisation, Co-Founder and voluntary CEO of Cliona’s Brendan Ring said “So many of these families experienced, and continue to experience, the significant non-medical costs of caring for a child with a life-limiting condition. The cost of living is crippling families who are already devastated by their child’s illness. We have to do all we can to help them. It has never been more urgent to work even harder for the forgotten families Cliona’s work with. Simply by supporting the race day and enjoying a fantastic day out at the races you are helping families who are in a real crisis, so I am encouraging everyone to join us May 25 for a special day”.

Cliona’s Foundation expects at least 200 families will apply for financial assistance this year and will need to raise a minimum of €500,000 to meet these applications.

To learn more and to help please visit clionas.ie or tune in to the two-part documentary “Ireland’s Forgotten Families” which is available on Virgin Media Player.

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