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John Loftus steps up to raise funds for Cliona’s Foundation

John Loftus with members of Mid West Mentoring. (PHOTO TAKEN BEFORE SOCIAL DISTANCING)

John Loftus steps up to raise funds for Cliona’s Foundation

John Loftus

John was honoured by the city in 2018 for his work – Pictured with Dr Pat Daly, deputy chief executive Limerick City and County Council congratulates with Mayor James Collins.

Currently cocooning approaching the 20th anniversary of a kidney transplant and having represented Ireland internationally at British European and World Transplant games John Loftus is a man showing no sign of slowing down. John throughout his life has been exceptionally generous towards worthy causes and in same vein has always been a man noted for giving back, using his uncanny ability of innovation and reinvention and combining these qualities he came up with a novel idea. John was honoured in 2018 by Limerick City and County Council in recognition of his success with Transplant Team Ireland at World, European and British Transplant Games over the last 11 years. Known for his work with Limerick GAA, various financial services companies, Limerick Local Heroes, and Midwest Mentoring, his accumulated skillset and perseverance have made him outstanding in the field of professional networks and coaching as well.


Starting Monday, May 11 John is going to walk the not inconsiderable 100,000 steps in the week, whilst keeping safely within the 2km radius from his house. Encouraging him along the way will be his wife Trish, daughter Tara and grandson Jack.

John is encouraging others to do the same. He is confident that some of the members of the Mid West Mentoring group will also be signing up with him to complete that same challenge saying, “I have challenged members of the group to undertake the challenge and already and I am delighted that Michelle O’Connor of Employability Limerick has committed to hitting the 100,000 steps and I expect more to follow her lead.”

Darren Sheehan, John Loftus and Brendan Ring, co-founder of Clionas Foundation: Picture: Keith Wiseman

John and his supporters are hoping to raise funds for Cliona’s Foundation a charity very close to his heart.

Cliona’s uniquely provide financial support nationwide to families of seriously sick children to help with the non-medical costs of caring for their child. These costs can include but are not limited to accommodation, transport, car parking, childcare, and specialist equipment.

Cliona’s has supported 782 families over the past 13 years including 36 already this year.

John said, “Cliona’s income has been severely diminished with the cancellation of numerous fundraising events and we really need support to help them so they can continue to relieve the financial pressure these families are under. This pressure is even more significant now for these families with reduced household income during this Covid-19 crisis. I just want to do what I can to help Cliona’s continue their great work, which really makes a difference. If collectively we can raise enough to help a few families it would be just fantastic. ”

You can support Team John Loftus by donating online on his GoFundMe page by searching for John Loftus or by contacting him at 0872541126 or by email at [email protected].

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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.