Aran Swim Raises Funds For Temple Street Children’s Hospital
A group of swimmers who braved the high seas of the Atlantic during August met today with a representative from Temple Street Children's University Hospital to officially hand over the fruits of their labour.
December 13, 2010 (FPRC) -- The 13 swimmers of the Swim Aran group swam from Inisheer beach to Doolin Pier on August 21st last, under the watchful eye of 18 kayakers, Doolin Coastguard and other support boats.
Participants included Seamus Mulcahy (Limerick native living in Ennis), Aoife Cosgrove (Tuam native living in Ennis), Colm Fitzgerald (Shannon), Linda Clarke (Dublin), Pat Finn, Adrian Cosgrove, Niall O’Farrell, Kevin O’Farrell, Cian O’Sullivan, Mikey Milane and Donal McCarthy (all Ennis), and Paul Kearney and Deirdre Kearney (both Limerick).
Aisling Andrews, Fundraising Coordinator from Temple Street accepted the cheque for 28,184 euro which was raised by a number of events and collections in the run up to the almost 7-mile swim, saying that the Swim Aran Team and all involved should be very proud of their achievement.
Aisling explained how Temple Street had recently been appointed as the National Centre for paediatric brain and spinal surgery for all children in Ireland up to the age of six, and the money donated by the Swim Aran team will go towards funding the specialised operating theatre and hi-tech equipment for this unit.
“Already hundreds of children have been treated in this unit, and they then recuperate in an environment which is geared exclusively towards supporting children, and their families. The equipment purchased from these funds will be used for the benefit of patients over and over again”, added Ms. Andrews.
Mayor of Clare Councillor Christy Curtin congratulated the swimmers on raising the funds which he said would go towards the further development of a “vitally important facility”.
“I also wish to acknowledge the generosity of members of the public who showed their support to the swimmers and helped ensure that this fundraising swim raised much needed funds for this year’s chosen charity, Temple Street Children’s Hospital”, the Mayor added.
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- Temple Street Children's University Hospital: Established in 1872, Temple Street Children's University Hospital is a national facility that provides paediatric care to children from all over Ireland. Each year, over 125,000 sick children are cared for in Temple Street, the Accident and Emergency Department caters for 50,000 children annually, making it one of the busiest A&E facilities in Europe. Temple Street Hospital is now providing increasingly specialised services to the children in our care and the demand on limited resources is growing all the time. As a result, we are constantly striving to provide the required specialist skills and equipment, introduce new technologies and to ensure that we have provided the best possible environment for the children in our care. For further information on Temple Street Children's University Hospital & our fundraising please contact us on 01 878 4344
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