FOR the sixth year in a row, hundreds of people turned out in Bulgaden Castle to remember a 15-year-old girl who passed away from an inoperable brain tumour, and to support a charity which was founded in her honour.
Cliona’s Foundation is a registered charity set up by Brendan and Terry Ring, following the death of their daughter Cliona in 2006.
The charity provides financial assistance to families with critically ill children.
“There was a very big turnout again and we would like to thank people for continuing their support,” said Brendan of the celebratory evening.
“We are honoured and delighted that Cliona is remembered through the foundation. It looks like we brought in around €8,000 – we did that basically from door tickets and a raffle.”
A donation of €20,000 was made by the JP McManus Charitable Foundation - the cheque was presented by Mark Power from the foundation.
“JP McManus rowing in behind us is a big statement of support for us. We would like to thank him,” said Brendan.
Special guest on the night was The Secret Millionaire, Richard Mulcahy, who has been offering support and guidance to Cliona’s Foundation since the airing of the RTE programme last September. Richard also viewed a video on the foundation’s work produced by the I Love Limerick team and still available to view on its website.
“Up until now, most of the Secret Millionaires would have financially aided the charities but in our case, he elected to mentor us,” Brendan explained.
“He is working on a big fundraiser to take place in June or July of this year. He is going to continue to work with us for the coming year as well so that is great news.”
Richard is working closely with the committee with the objective of establishing the charity at a national level.