Art from the heart: Limerick’s Children’s Grief Centre launch competition

Donal O'Regan

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Donal O'Regan

At the launch of the Children’s Grief Centre art competition, Olive Foley, ambassador; Sharon Huban, Catherine McAuley NS; Rebecca Lloyd and Sr Helen Culhane, Children’s Grief Centre

At the launch of the Children’s Grief Centre art competition, Olive Foley, ambassador; Sharon Huban, Catherine McAuley NS; Rebecca Lloyd and Sr Helen Culhane, Children’s Grief Centre

ENCOURAGING children to express emotions through drawing has been one of the main tenets of Limerick’s Children’s Grief Centre.

So an art competition is the perfect way to spread their message further. Sr Helen Culhane started the Children’s Grief Project in 2009 but the name was changed to Children’s Grief Centre because the Croom nun said: “It is no longer a project.”

Located on the South Circular Road, it is a free and voluntary organisation that supports children between the ages of four and 18 where parents have separated, divorced or where there has been a bereavement.

Since it started it has provided a space and place for around 1,000 children to explore their experiences of loss associated with bereavement and parental separation.

The Children’s Grief Centre launched their first annual primary school art competition to coincide with National Children’s Bereavement Week in November. 

Over 250 primary schools from County Limerick and Clare have been invited to participate. On Friday, October 12, founder and director of the centre, Sr Helen and ambassador, Olive Foley met with the wonderful staff from Catherine McAuley National School to launch this exciting initiative.

“The theme for the art competition is ‘Someone Special’ and children are invited to paint or draw a picture, to write a story or a poem about someone who has a special meaning to them,” said Sr Helen. 

“We have some wonderful prizes kindly sponsored by Essilor and winners will be invited to attend the Limerick City Library on Saturday, December 8 for an awards ceremony,” she continued.

Cost per entry is just €2 and all funds raised go directly towards the Children’s Grief Centre’s building fund. Full information about the art competition can be found by visiting www.childrensgriefcentre.ie or by calling Katrina Morgan on 087 9851733. Get drawing or writing about that someone special!