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Munster Legend Ian Keatley is set to scale new heights at Thomond Park Stadium for Jack and Jill

Rugby legend Ian Keatley returns to Thomond Park this May 16, 2024 to help raise vital funds for the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation

Rugby legend Ian Keatley returns to Thomond Park this May 16, 2024 to help raise vital funds for the Jack and Jill Children's Foundation
Funds raised from the abseil will go directly to support 20 Jack and Jill families across Limerick County.

Rugby legend Ian Keatley will be swapping his jersey and boots for a helmet and harness when he returns to his former playing ground of Thomond Park this May to help raise vital funds for the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation.

He is now calling on fellow daredevils to join him as he abseils a total of 45m/125ft off the east end of Thomond Park stadium on Thursday, May 16th.

Having participated in last year’s event Fiona Duff from Kilruane, Tipperary commented, “I would highly recommend for people to take part in this year’s abseil in Thomond Park. The whole experience was amazing from start to finish.


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“My beautiful daughters Isobel and Tess who are sadly no longer with us had been supported by the charity and I still consider myself a Jack and Jill mum and try to fundraise at least once a year for this wonderful foundation. I would really encourage people to get involved – they won’t regret it!”

Funds raised from the abseil will go directly to support 20 Jack and Jill families across Limerick County. Regarding the upcoming event Margaret Naughton, Liaison Nurse Manager for Co Limerick said, “Our annual abseil at Thomond Park is a great day out for everyone and each €18 raised will help support one hour of Jack and Jill nursing care with in-home respite and end-of-life care for children within our community with highly complex medical needs.  We are extremely grateful for the ongoing support of people from across Co. Limerick to enable us to continue to provide this vital service.”

Joining Ian on the day will be staff from several local companies including Circle K and WP Engine along with several Jack and Jill family members and supporters.

The charity must raise over €7 million per annum to keep its vital service going

The charity must raise over €7 million per annum to keep its vital service going, and currently supports over 400 families with up to 80 hours of home nursing care per month at a cost of €1,440, or €17,280 per year.

The support is often described as ‘a gift of time’ or a ‘lifeline’, giving parent carers a break from their 24/7 care regime, safe in the knowledge that their child is well cared for at home, where they belong.

Kicking off from 10am at the iconic Thomond Park Stadium on Thursday May 16th, the Abseil in Aid of Jack and Jill promises to be a great day out for any fan of rugby or those with a sense of adventure looking for a new challenge.

Anyone looking to join Ian on this memorable day is urged to register now via www.jackandjill.ie as places are filling up fast.

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