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Live95 Helping Limerick Children 2020 fundraises for CARI – Shining a Light for Children

Left to right are Stephen Tynan. Live95 Shadows, Caragh O’ Shea, Live95 Helping Limerick Children 2019 Coordinator, Mary Madden, CARI, Thomas Lake, CARI, and Helen Coote, CARI, pictured as they received their donation from the Live95 Helping Limerick Children initiative in 2019. Picture: Keith Wiseman

Live95 Helping Limerick Children 2020 fundraises for CARI – Shining a Light for Children

Live 95 are delighted to announce ‘Live 95 Helping Limerick Children 2020’ to raise funds and increase awareness around Limerick City and County for the children’s charity CARI.

Joe Nash, Station Director of Live95, Julie White Sales and Marketing Manager at Live95 and Mary Madden of CARI, have launched this year’s Live95 Helping Limerick Children fundraising Initiative, in aid of the CARI foundation – Children At Risk in Ireland. With limited government funding, CARI relies on the generosity of donations to help with the continuation of their essential services, and now CARI (Charity Number 9491) needs financial support more than ever in the midst of this worldwide global Pandemic. COVID-19 has had a huge and devastating impact on fundraising events and activities and the charity are in dire need of funds.


CARI was established in 1989 and is a leading voluntary organisation that has, for over 30 years, been providing child-centered therapy to children and adolescents who have been affected by child sexual abuse. CARI also offers support to the parents, guardians or carers of these children, as they believe working with the family is central to a child’s healing. Now, during this pandemic, and especially during periods of isolation, children who are vulnerable are at most risk. 

Live95 listeners throughout Limerick City and county helped keep CARI’s gates open during the recession, and now CARI are hoping and asking that Limerick people might help them out again this year. CARI on the Ennis Road Limerick is the only centre in the whole of Munster providing these vital services, and have now adapted to providing online therapy sessions for children and adolescent clients to continue to offer resources and help lessen their anxiety.

A spokesperson for CARI said, “We are hoping that when things are back to normal possibly later on in the year and when it is safe to do so to run some popular events as in previous years. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our very generous supporters over the years and wish them continued good health and safety in these unprecedented times.”

You can also support the charity by downloading their recently released Charity Single ‘SuperHero’, by the amazing Dublin Ska/Reggae band, The Skalps, in aid of CARI’s vital therapy work with children. The single is available for download on Amazon, Apple Music, Media net, Spotify, Youtube, Deezer, TiKToK, Google play and other available sites listed on the CARI webpage here.

Lead singer of The Skalps, Tommy Byrne, said, “This song will blow your mind and the lyrics really have a deep meaning and will have an impact for all Superhero Survivors.”  The lyrics are a testament to all survivors of childhood trauma who have come out the other side. “We are all done with the run, done with hide, done with locking ourselves inside” “Taking back control of our life again”. This song is the anthem of all our childhoods #weareallinthistogether.

Anyone wishing to donate can do so HERE. If anyone wishes to organise a Zoom table quiz, a remote Dress-up or Coffee Morning, or any event in aid of CARI, they can contact Mary Madden on 087 1373084. 

For more information, call the helpline 1890 924567, email: [email protected], or click here.

For more stories on CARI, click 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 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.