LIMERICK’s Leanne Moore returned to the classroom - for one day only - to call on schools across the city and county to support a fundraising initiative for families with a seriously ill child.
An ambassador for Cliona’s Foundation, Leanne is urging schools in Limerick to raise €200 to support struggling families with the non-medical costs associated with looking after a critically or terminally ill child.
“Cliona’s Foundation is a remarkable foundation and I hope to spread the word about the difference it has made and can make to families,” said Leanne, who has become a household name through her career in singing and presenting.
“I really hope that the schools will come together to help – €200 a day quickly adds up, costs can be crippling to families.”
Funding provided to families is not to be used to pay for the child’s actual medical care; rather, donations are made to families for other hidden costs, including accommodation, food, petrol and other miscellaneous expenses incurred by families who must take sick children to hospitals or other medical facilities for frequent treatments.
“The ordeal of a child’s grave illness or injury tests families far beyond their endurance, taking an enormous toll, financially, emotionally and physically,” said a spokesperson for Cliona’s Foundation.
“Many of these families are reaching the end of their hope rope as they do not know how they are going to afford to get through the next few days - never mind the next month.”
Costs, she said, can quickly mount for families with it costing up to €200 a day to bring a sick child for treatment in Dublin from Limerick. “Often families have to take their children to hospital on a regular basis and these costs quickly rise.”
A single mother living quite far away from a hospital said she often cannot afford to get the train down to see her daughter when she is in long-term care.
“I found myself blindsided by all these unexpected bills and fees and had to carry on with my job in order to afford them,” explained the mother.
“The balance between the emotional stress of Sarah’s illness and the financial stress caused by it is often unbearable. I often have to try to find my happy place just to get through it all - for me it is her smile. When things are very tough, I go to that happy place,” she added.
Leanne says she was only too delighted to do what she can to support struggling families.
“I’ve always admired Brendan and Terry Ring and was only too happy to support Cliona’s Foundation. I’ve been very lucky in life and now would like to give something back to help others,” she explained.
For further information on the fundraising initiative contact Allison McNamara of Cliona’s Foundation by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 061-400640.