TWO children’s charities are thanking the people of Limerick for their generosity after they each received more than €40,000 .
The money, which was donated to CARI and the Children’s Ark at University Hospital, Limerick (UHL) was raised during Live 95FM’s 95-stop-tour which took place in September.
The radio station broadcast several of its shows from different towns and villages across Limerick during the week-long initiative and communities across the city and county held a variety of local fundraising events.
Dozens of schools across Limerick also supported the campaign by taking part in Welly Wednesday which saw pupils fill wellington boots with loose change.
Both CARI and the Children’s Ark say the money raised is much needed in the current climate.
“It makes a huge difference to us. Our service in Limerick has come under increasing financial pressure over the last few years and this really allows us to keep the doors open to continue to see children, to continue with the same level of service that we have done for the last two years so it has a huge impact,” said Majella Ryan, acting national clinical director with CARI.
The charity, which provides support for children who have been the victims of abuse, has operations in Dublin and Limerick and according to Ms Ryan the 95-stop-tour is the organisation’s biggest annual fundraising event.
Jeane Moloney, clinical nursing manager at the Children’s Ark at UHL says the money raised will be put to good use.
“Our biggest priority is to look at the adolescent services because we have a lot of children that would be chronically ill who are adolescents and also to further progress the High Dependency Unit (HDU) and for research and development and to provide care where it should be and to progress the development of the services - both nursing and doctors,” she said adding that it is also hoped that facilities can be developed to provide a home away from home for children at UHL.
Paediatric Consultant, Dr Roy Philip, says the support of the people of Limerick for the 95-stop-tour and other fundraising initiatives in recent years has been amazing.
Over the last four years, Limerick’s Live 95FM has raised almost €250,000 for CARI and the Children’s Ark as a result of its annual fundraising campaign.
“We are absolutely delighted, it’s a fantastic achievement by everybody involved - especially the listeners to Limerick’s Live 95FM - and I want to pay tribute to everyone here at the radio station for their extraordinary work too,” said Joe Nash, ceo of Limerick’s Live 95FM.