Secret Millionaire returns to remember Cliona Ring

Aine Fitzgerald

Reporter:

Aine Fitzgerald

HUNDREDS of people are expected to make the journey to Bulgaden Castle outside Kilmallock this Saturday night for the annual Cliona Ring Foundation celebratory night.

HUNDREDS of people are expected to make the journey to Bulgaden Castle outside Kilmallock this Saturday night for the annual Cliona Ring Foundation celebratory night.

The foundation was set up following the death of Cliona who passed away in 2006 aged 15 after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.

Over the years, as Cliona underwent numerous different hospital treatments, her parents Brendan and Terry were struck by the number of families facing enormous financial hardship.

They saw, first-hand, the enormous toll it took on these families, already struggling to cope with having a seriously ill child. They decided to take action and set up Cliona’s Foundation.

“Having experienced the trauma of losing a child, we want to reach out and help as many families in similar situations struggling financially from hidden and mounting non-medical expenses,” Brendan explained.

This is the sixth year of Cliona’s Foundation social gathering.

The foundation, set up in 2007, was profiled on RTE’s Secret Millionaire documentary last September and since then the calls from families seeking financial support for non medical assistance has more than doubled.

On the other hand the number of people contacting the foundation offering support and organising events has grown significantly with people volunteering to do skydives, marathons, head shaves and weight loss challenges to raise funds for the cause.

Since its launch, Cliona’s Foundation has raised in excess of €300,000 and has helped more than 100 families. It is the Brendan and Terry Rings’ intimate understanding of the stress brought upon these families that explains the diversity of expenses covered by Cliona’s Foundation.

Saturday’s event will see The Secret Millionaire himself, Richard Mulcahy return to Limerick.

Richard along with the other organisations from Limerick which were profiled on the documentary, will be interviewed by Richard Lynch of ilovelimerick.com. Those in attendance will be entertained by Nightfall and finger food will be provided.

Tickets cost €10 each or €20 for families and can be purchased on the door on the night.

All funds raised will go towards providing financial assistance for critically ill children. Doors open at 8pm.

Besides being a fundraiser, it also an opportunity for Brendan and Terry to thank people who have helped make a difference to families with critically ill children.

For further details contact www.clionasfoundation.com or email info@clionasfoundation.com. .

For more details log onto www.clionasfoundation.com