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Kilteely/Dromkeen Break World Record for Clionas Foundation

Kilteely/Dromkeen Break World Record for Clionas Foundation

The people of Kilteely and Dromkeen have set a new world record in aid of children’s charity Cliona’s Foundation.

On Sunday July 19th 630 people gathered in Kilteely to break the Guinness World Record for the most people in one venue to make a heart shape using both hands. The record stood at 554 people but was smashed over the weekend.

Cliona’s Foundation is an Irish Charity that providies financial assistance to families with critically and terminally ill children.

The Kilteely/Dromkeen festival committee saw the foundation was appealing for urgent funding, due to the increased number of applications received daily from desperate families struggling to cope with the financial pressures incurred while caring for a terminally ill child.

With the annual Kilteely/Dromkeen festival already taking place, the committee reached out to the charity in order to raise awareness of the work they do and to raise some much needed funds. The event was a great success and such fun for everyone involved.

On the Cliona’s Foundation website they explain that their mission is: “The ordeal of a child’s grave illness or injury tests families far beyond their endurance, taking an enormous toll financially, emotionally and physically. While we cannot cure a child, we want to help them cope and soften their heart breaking journey, by uniquely providing financial assistance to families, who have exhausted all other resources. Cliona’s Foundation believes that no family should have to face any added financial stress when they are already struggling to cope with the devastation and trauma of a seriously ill child.”

Cliona’s Foundation was founded in 2007 to fill a great need: providing financial assistance to families in Ireland who have children undergoing long-term medical treatment for critical illness.

Funds raised are used to pay for the “hidden” costs, including accommodation, food, petrol and other miscellaneous expenses incurred by families who must take sick children to hospitals or other medical facilities for frequent treatments.

There is currently over one hundred children’s charities operating in Ireland, Cliona’s Foundation is unique in that it focuses completely on non-medical assistance for families who have exhausted all other avenues of assistance. No other national charity in Ireland offers financial support for non-medical costs associated with the illness.

While Cliona’s Foundation cannot cure a child, they do help them cope and soften their heart-breaking journey, by providing financial assistance to families, who have exhausted all other resources. Cliona’s Foundation believes that no family should have to face any added financial stress when they are already struggling to cope with the devastation and trauma of a critically ill child.

If you wish to donate to Cliona’s Foundation text ‘CLIONA’ to 50300 for €2.

To visit the official Cliona’s Foundation website, click here

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Read more about Cliona’s Foundation here

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