On Thursday 22nd September 2022, Garryspillane GAA and Cliona’s Foundation, along with the support of Limerick Senior Hurling Manager, John Kiely, launched a car draw fundraiser for a brand-new Ford Focus 2023 ST Line.
The draw for the car will take place on New Year’s Eve with all proceeds being split 50/50 between Cliona’s and Garryspillane GAA Club.
The idea for a joint fundraiser arose from a friendship and business partnership between Co-Founder and CEO of Cliona’s Foundation Brendan Ring and well know GAA contributor and member of Garryspillane GAA club TJ Ryan. Both men wanted to work together on a fundraiser which would mutually benefit their dedication to both Cliona’s and Garryspillane GAA.
This car raffle will be a big part of Cliona’s Christmas Drive this year.
The funds raised will go towards Garryspillane’s Astroturf project and the families Cliona’s work with who are currently disproportionately affected by the cost-of-living crisis.
Cliona’s has seen a significant increase in the number of applications received in the first six months of this year compared to 2021 and we expect this to continue when these families begin to feel the real impact of the increase in everyday costs, particularly travel and accommodation and fuel, heating in winter, electricity etc.
Cliona’s has increased the level of support provided to these families to alleviate the additional pressures brought about by the cost-of-living increases. This has seen a doubling of the total amount distributed to these families compared to last year.
Speaking about the importance of fundraising events for the organisation, Co-Founder and voluntary CEO of Cliona’s Brendan Ring said “So many of these families experienced, and continue to experience, the significant non-medical costs of caring for a child with a life-limiting condition. With the cost of living crippling families who are already devastated by their child’s illness. We must do all we can to help them. It has never been more urgent to work even harder for the “forgotten families” Cliona’s work with. Simply by supporting our raffle, you are helping families who are in a real crisis”