Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and this parent-led organisation are working extra hard to raise enough money to finish St. John’s Ward in Crumlin Children’s Hospital – that’s where some of our country’s sick kids receive cancer treatment. Read their press release below and if you can donate a couple of euro, please do. Sharyn xxx

 

Light It Up Gold

Who are we?

We are parents who have children with cancer, treated in St John’s Ward, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin.  We represent children and families in treatment, those in remission and the heroes who lost their battle against this deadly disease.  Since our children have no voice, we need to speak out for them.  Whilst survival rates have improved, we need to challenge the perception that childhood cancer is rare and curable, and that little more needs to be done.

We are working in cooperation with the Children’s Medical Research Foundation (CMRF) to help raise funds to finish St John’s cancer ward in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. Funding is needed to replace the inadequate facilities with a modern and properly resourced ward fit for the 1200 children who are treated in the cancer unit every year, and to support the excellent staff that are caring for our children in substandard conditions.

www.lightitupgold.ie There is an idonate button on the website lightitiupgold.ie to direct any funding towards the CMRF.

 

Events Details:

The week will culminate with the “Golden Ball” on the 7th September 2013 at the Gibson Hotel Dublin.  It is a gold themed night of dinner and dancing with a charity raffle.  Tickets are E60 with all proceeds going to CMRF for St John’s cancer ward Crumlin.

In Letterkenny, Co Donegal a Family Day will take place on Sat. 7th of Sept at Bernard McGlinchey Town Park, from 3-5pm. There will be fun events for all the kids such as hip-hop, art workshop, mini races, bouncing castle, assault course, face and nail painting, cup cake stand etc. This event is open to general public; however, we are hoping that families affected by childhood cancer from the North West Region, north and south of the border, will attend.  It will culminate in our children releasing GOLD balloons to celebrate the end of a successful campaign.

Buildings Details

Dublin: The Mansion House, Smithfield, Dublin Conference Centre, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Temple Bar, The O2, Capita Pensions Building, Bank of Ireland, Aras Chronain, Clondalkin

Other buildings around the country include:

Cork: Firkin Crane, Cork Opera House, Cobh Cathedral.

Galway: G Hotel, The Doors statue, Eyre Square, the Town Hall Theatre, Nun’s Island Theatre.

Donegal: Buncrana – Castle Bridge, the Roundabout, “Bun-cranncha” sign and the Council Offices, Letterkenny – the Polestar and An Grianán Theatre, Donegal Town – Public Service Centre, Milford – Public Service Centre

Derry: City Council Offices, Clock Tower, Guildhall.

A number of schools around the country are lighting up gold or organising gold themed events, such as arts and crafts and civvies days, with students, during the first week of September.  Several workplaces and community centres are also organising coffee mornings and other events to mark childhood cancer awareness month. Please contact us at info@lightitupgold.ie if you would like more information about the campaign.

All funds raised should be directed to CMRF via the idonate button on the website www.lightitupgold.ie.

 

 

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Sharyn Hayden

About Sharyn Hayden

Sharyn is the creator of Raising Ireland who thinks that you parents deserve better: better services, better resources, better information and better craic. Mum to two kids, Jacob and Eva, she is also the author of 'I Forgot To Take My Pill!' which has been shortlisted for the 2016 Carousel CAP Award for Independent Authors.