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Sarah Delaney is calling on schools all over Ireland to join her and take part in #MyFridayFeeling Friday, April 29. Sarah Delaney is calling on schools all over Ireland to join her and take part in #MyFridayFeeling Friday, April 29.

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TY student Sarah Delaney launches #MyFridayFeeling fundraiser for Cliona’s Foundation

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Sarah Delaney is calling on schools all over Ireland to join her and take part in #MyFridayFeeling Friday, April 29.

Cliona’s Foundation provides financial assistance directly to parents of children with life-limiting or chronic complex care needs

Sarah Delaney - Cliona's Foundation founders Brendan and Terry Ring, who started the organisation after the loss of their daughter Cliona in 2006 to an inoperable brain tumour.
Cliona’s Foundation founders Brendan and Terry Ring, who started the organisation after the loss of their daughter Cliona in 2006 to an inoperable brain tumour.

Sarah Delaney, originally from Carlow, is calling on schools all over Ireland to join her and take part in  #MyFridayFeeling Friday, April 29 to raise funds for Cliona’s Foundation. Cliona’s Foundation is a unique national organisation providing financial support for families who are caring for a child with a life limiting illness. The foundation was set up by Brendan and Terry Ring, following the death of their daughter Cliona, from an inoperable brain tumour in 2006, aged 15. Cliona’s have provided financial support to over 1000 families across the Island of Ireland including 99 families in Limerick.       

Speaking about her high hopes for the event Sarah said, “We hope that this special fundraiser will be organised by Transition Year Students within the school and schools around Ireland. Giving your students an opportunity to learn new skills but also be in with a chance to win some great prizes, including sports equipment for the school and two All-Ireland tickets for the teacher.”


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The fundraising day comprises two distinct components. Participating schools organise a Non-Uniform Day to raise much needed funds for the families Cliona’s supports and also asking the Transition Students to arrange activities which talk about and give the sense of feeling good.  

This fundraising day is essential to raise funds to provide families with financial assistance directly to parents of children with life-limiting or chronic complex care needs. The support helps families with the non-medical expenses related to caring for their child such as accommodation, parking and petrol.  

Cliona’s are expecting a huge increase in requests for support this year. The charity anticipates approximately 200 applications and will need to raise €500, 000 to meet these needs. The rising costs of living coupled with the huge costs associated with caring for a seriously sick child is causing a serious strain on families, at the worst possible time in their lives. A recent study concluded that it costs €15,300 extra a year to care for their child, with many families advising that at least one parent must give up their job to be by their child’s bedside. Sarah’s #MyFridayFeeling fundraiser is an opportunity to make a huge difference to their lives.  

Cliona’s co-founder and voluntary CEO Brendan Ring thanked Sarah and the Delaney family for their tireless efforts “On behalf of Cliona’s and the families we support I want to thank Sarah, and all the supporters, for your passion, commitment and efforts. I encourage everyone to get behind this fantastic idea, Cliona’s families need our help more than ever.”           

Cliona’s Foundation is a national charity with their head office located in Limerick. Cliona’s provides financial assistance directly to parents of children with life-limiting or chronic complex care needs across Ireland to help with the non-medical expenses related to caring for their child. The foundation was set up by Brendan and Terry Ring, following the death of their daughter Cliona, from an inoperable brain tumour in 2006 aged 15.

#MYFRIDAYFEELING is a lovely opportunity for students, schools and Cliona’s Foundation to work together to make a difference to the families Cliona’s work with and to start a positive conversation about feeling good. 

To register your school for #MYFRIDAYFEELING go HERE

For more stories on Cliona’s Foundation go HERE

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