Nominations sought for brave children

NOMINATIONS are now being accepted to find eight of Ireland’s bravest children, who will be honoured at a special ‘dream ball’ in Limerick.

NOMINATIONS are now being accepted to find eight of Ireland’s bravest children, who will be honoured at a special ‘dream ball’ in Limerick.

The children, who have shown extraordinary courage and bravery despite a daily battle against a serious illness or disability, will receive a national children of courage award when they are honoured at Share a Dream’s gala ball. The event, which takes places on Saturday, December 8, at the Radisson Blu Hotel will be hosted by Miriam O’Callaghan and Will Leahy.

Children can be nominated by anyone - parents, doctors, nurses, or relatives - by writing a letter detailing the daily trauma, loneliness or fear, which is part of having a child diagnosed with a terrible illness or disability.

“It is truly heart breaking to witness the hardship these families and children experience,” said Shay Kinsella, founder of the charity Share A Dream, which is based in Limerick.

“However, it is also very humbling to see just how brave these children are despite their lives. This is why it is so important to recognise the sick and disabled children of Ireland, though our national children of courage awards.”

All eight children selected will be in for a special surprise at the end of the night, when one of their dreams comes true. Share a Dream is now in its 22nd year making a difference in children’s lives by bringing smiles and happy memories to over 21,000 very sick and disabled children all over this country.

The organisation works with children’s charities all over Ireland and doesn’t receive any State funding, relying solely on the generosity of the community. For further information contact 061-200080/200083, dreams@shareadream.ie, www.shareadream.ie, www.facebook.com/shareadream

Nominations close on November 16.