Cliona’s Foundation thanks Limerick Holy Communion children for donation

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

Lisnagry National School teacher, Eimear Carroll hands over a cheque for �130 to Terry Ring raised by her pupils making their Holy Communion [Picture: Dermot Lynch]
ONE OF many County Limerick national schools to encourage children to donate part of their Holy Communion money is Lisnagry National School.

ONE OF many County Limerick national schools to encourage children to donate part of their Holy Communion money is Lisnagry National School.

The boys and girls raised €130 and the money will go towards helping other children through Cliona’s Foundation.

Terry Ring, founder of the charity that was brought to national prominence through The Secret Millionaire, went to Lisnagry to collect the cheque in person and give a talk to the children.

The charity provide financial assistance for critically ill children and their families.

“This was the first time we have received a donation from children making their Holy Communion. I hadn’t heard of it before. I think it is beautiful,” said Terry. She and her husband, Brendan, founded Cliona’s Foundation following the death from a brain tumour.

Lisnagry National School pupils have made this donation to different groups for the last number of years.

It is a combined effort between staff, parish priest Fr Brendan Kyne, parents and their little boys and girls.

One of the parents said: “Kids are getting a lot of money and there is a lot of emphasis on money around the time of the Holy Communion.

“If they can give a fiver each and share their good fortune it is lovely and Cliona’s Foundation are a local children’s charity that do fantastic work. It is to encourage generosity and to show the kids that it is not always about you”.