Bereaved Limerick parents help each other through charities

HONOURING AARON:  CHARITY IN BOY'S MEMORY WILL HELP OTHER CHARITIES ACROSS REGION

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

Bereaved Limerick parents help each other though charities

Cecilia O'Flaherty and John Cleary with some of the children participating in the UL Sport Kids Run in honour of Aaron O'Flaherty

A CHARITY set up in memory of a Limerick boy who died after falling into the sea will again share its proceeds with other charities led by bereaved parents in Limerick.

The official launch of ‘Honouring Aaron’ was held in the George Boutique Hotel on Monday February 22, where they announced their chosen charities who will benefit from a range of fundraising initiatives during 2016. 

Honouring Aaron, previously known as Remembering Aaron, was established last year in memory of Aaron O'Flaherty who tragically passed away in 2014 at Temple Street Children’s Hospital after an accident at the Blackhead Lighthouse, county Clare. The aim of the charity is to raise funds for Temple Street Children’s Hospital and also a number of children’s charities in Limerick. 

Cecelia, Aaron's mom and the founder of the organisation, said she remains grateful for the work and support shown by the people of Temple Street during such a traumatic time.

“They were so good to him. They were all touched by Aaron in the time he was there and treated us with dignity and kindness,” Cecelia said. 

Last year Honouring Aaron raised funds for the Dublin hospital, along with Bumbleance, Cliona’s Foundation, Claughaun GAA and Limerick Lakers Basketball. These were selected as they had touched Aaron's life in one-way or another. Temple Street will remain as the main beneficiary of Honouring Aaron for 2016 along with three Limerick based charities: The Blue Box Creative Learning Centre, Ian’s Trust and Sophie’s Journey Foundation.

Blue Box provides helps children through difficult times using creative arts therapies. Ian’s Trust provides funds to support families of children who suffer from acquired brain injury. The trust was set up by Orla Cusack in memory of her son who passed away in 2012 after suffering from a severe acquired brain injury following a road accident. Liam and Stacey Mulcahy founded Sophie’s Journey Foundation, to support children with life limiting conditions, in memory of their daughter who sadly passed away from kidney failure. 

Ambassador for Honouring Aaron, founder of ILoveLimerick.com Richard Lynch, said “Honouring Aaron is Cecilia’s way of giving back to a community that was so supportive of her, as well as a way to honour her late son, by doing something positive.”

Donate to Temple Street Children's Charity here.