County Limerick girl’s smile helps to raise thousands for Crumlin

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

A YOUNG County Limerick girl helped raise thousands of euros for sick children after being chosen from thousands of entries to star in a calendar.

A YOUNG County Limerick girl helped raise thousands of euros for sick children after being chosen from thousands of entries to star in a calendar.

Kate Duckett, 3, from Gooig, Castleconnell is the only Limerick child to feature in the Smiles for Crumlin 2012 calendar.

Parents from across the country were asked to upload pictures of their children’s smiles. Cow & Gate donated €1 per smile to the hospital as part of a €25,000 total donation.

Kate’s aunt, Paula, sent in a photo of Kate, who with her gorgeous red hair and winning smile made the final 12.

Proud mum, Roisin, said they were delighted to support the campaign.

“Thankfully we’ve never been to Crumlin but there are many kids who attend it and if you can do any little bit at all to help it’s great,” said Roisin, who is married to Matt and they have two other children, Becky and Brian. SuperValu sold the calendars but the store in Castleconnell wasn’t one of the chosen outlets.

“I approached Cunningham’s SuperValu and told them Kate was a local girl. They were very pro-active and got the calendars. I think they sold over 600,” said Roisin, who thanked everyone involved in the campaign and who purchased the calendar.

Roisin and Kate were invited to Dublin last Thursday for the culmination of the Smiles for Crumlin campaign where a cheque for €62,456 was given to the hospital’s bone marrow unit.