LIVE 95FM has raised over €70,000 for deserving causes in Limerick for the third year in a row after a whistle-stop tour of the county in recent months.
Staff at the radio station have now presented Dr Roy Phillip of the Children’s Ark unit at the Mid Western Regional Hospital, and Majella Ryan of CARI Limerick, which supports children and their families affected by sexual abuse through counselling services, with cheques for over €35,000 apiece from the annual ‘95 Stop Tour’ fundraiser.
Last year Live95FM presenter JP Dillon lived in the window of Brown Thomas for 95 hours and helped raise over €50,000 for CARI and the Children’s Ark.
For four days in September the radio’s crew travelled around the city and county with their 95-Stop Tour, collecting money from the different communities, villages, towns, and workplaces. Limerick Today, the radio station’s flagship current affairs show, broadcasted from a different location each day during the week.
“We believe it is important for the radio station, which gets great support from the listeners of Limerick, to make our contribution by helping raise money for local children in need,” said Joe Nash, chief executive of Limerick’s Live 95FM.
Consultant paediatrician Dr Philips said the funds raised to date have been “enormously helpful in funding equipment that we would not otherwise have been able to afford. This technology has been key in treating seriously ill Limerick children and we are delighted to be benefiting again this year,” he said.
CARI also thanked people for their generosity, saying they would not be able to maintain the level of counselling for children without these funds.