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Jack Clifford 100km Cycle to raise much-needed funds for Little Blue Heroes

Jack Clifford 100km Cycle will take place during the month of May. Picture by Brian Arthur.

 

Jack Clifford 100km Cycle to raise much-needed funds for Little Blue Heroes

By I Love Limerick Correspondent Tara Byrne

Jack Clifford, the founder of the Kilmallock Covid Response Team, from Kilmallock, Limerick will be cycling 100km during the month of May to raise funds for Little Blue Heroes. This organisation is close to Jack’s heart as he has a strong ambition to join the Garda Síochána one day and help support this amazing charity.

Jack will be keeping in line with Covid Guidelines and completing the cycle by himself in his own county.

Little Blue Heroes Foundation is a non-profit organisation consisting of volunteers, made up of Garda Staff, retired Garda members and their friends and family.  Their mission is to help families from local communities in Ireland who have children with long term or serious illnesses. According to the Foundation, “The name ‘Little Blue Heroes’ came about when we found that the vast amount of the children we support have a strong fascination with police uniform, equipment, vehicles, Garda units, etc. This has even led some of the children to make a wish to become an Honorary Garda and become part of the Garda family. As heroes to us with the battles they face, these children have become our Little Blue Heroes.” 

The organisation provides financial aid to try and support their Little Blue Heroes while organising short breaks for families where possible and by also hosting an annual ‘Yuel Fuel’ campaign at Christmas. Organisers also make regular visits to their Little Blue Heroes at the hospital. 

 

Jack said, “I chose Little Blue Heroes because I think the work they do is fantastic in helping children with illnesses become members of An Garda Síochána. I have always supported them.”

Jack’s goal in life is to make a difference in his community saying, “I hope to be a detective. I want to work helping to prevent domestic violence and helping victims of it. I feel extremely strongly about protecting people who are in these situations.” Jack’s mother and father brought their children up with a focus on the importance of community and helping others. Jack describes Kilmallock as having a strong sense of community and a great atmosphere.

The organisation has offered Jack support in his fundraiser and they will be giving him sponsorship cards for the public to make donations to the cause.

To donate to Little Blue Heroes go HERE 

For more stories on Jack Clifford go HERE 

 

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 ilovelimerick.com 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.

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