Special hospital to touch hearts returns in Limerick


Anne Sheridan


Anne Sheridan

Special hospital to touch hearts returns in Limerick

Callum O'Keeffe and Billy Chan from Milford National School at the Teddy Bear Hospital and below, launching this year's event

THE DAY that helps put a smile on everyone’s face will return to the University of Limerick this month, as medical students host the teddy bear hospital.

The fun day on Sunday, September 25, will also help benefit CARI (Children At Risk In Ireland), a voluntary organisation that provides child-centered specialised therapy and support to children, families and groups affected by child sexual abuse.

On the day, CARI will be hosting a family fun day in the UL Arena from 12 noon until 5pm.

All the proceeds raised on the day will go directly to CARI and the Children’s Ark University Hospital and the Neo-Natal Unit in the Regional Maternity Hospital. Their aim is to raise much needed funds for these three causes in conjunction with Limerick’s 95FM Stop Tour for Limerick Kids.  Live 95FM will broadcast from the UL Arena on the day.

On the day there will be a variety of stalls and children’s entertainment including bouncy castles, and obstacle courses, amongst other attractions.

A pop-up shop will be in the held in the UL Arena with a range of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing. An array of food and drink will be available, including a BBQ, ice cream and popcorn supplied by Shannon Ices. The stalls will have everything from books to toys to bric a brac.

Also on the day there will be egg and spoon races, three-legged races, sack races, tug of war and giant board games. The Boherbuoy and the Garryowen Comhaltas will be providing the music, as well as an Irish dancing display by the children from Scoil Ui Nuallain. The band recitals will kick off from 12 noon.  Everyone is welcome and this particular Family Day will cater for adults.

UL president, Professor Don Barry, has said that to date the teddy bear hospital “has proved to be a magical opportunity for Limerick’s primary school children and a valuable learning experience for all. Each year it gets bigger and better with more and more schools applying to attend.”