Cork Senior Women’s Footballers  Doireann O’Sullivan and Eimear Meaney dropped in on football loving Faith Browne and her family, representing the partnership between the Gaelic Players Association (GPA) and Cliona’s Foundation aimed at amplifying the work of Cliona’s Foundation (#GPAforClionas). Cliona’s Foundation provides whole-family practical and financial support for families caring for a child who has a life-limiting condition

Faith Browne aged 8 was born with cerebral palsy and has epilepsy and hearing loss. This bright and bubbly young girl will face major reconstructive surgery for hip and foot socket problems in January 2022.  So, when Doireann and Eimear set aside time in their busy training schedules to meet Faith (safely distanced) they brought a big boost to her family and enabled Faith to put aside the daily struggles that she faces for one day.

The Gaelic Players Association (GPA) and Cliona’s Foundation recently announced an official charity partnership agreement to raise vital funds to make a difference to the lives of families across Ireland caring for a seriously sick child.  This partnership will see inter-county players across the thirty-two counties support Cliona’s Foundation’s life-changing work and contribute to the fundraising efforts of the charity for the next twelve-month period.

Speaking about her visit Doireann O’Sullivan said: “Faith is such a remarkable girl who has had a lot of challenges in her life so far and her positivity is incredibly inspiring. It really was truly a great honour to meet her and her fantastic family. We are delighted to support the work of Cliona’s Foundation – every day of the year they make a positive difference to lives of families and children going through very challenging times.”

Cliona’s Foundation is a national charity, that uniquely provides financial assistance to families of children with a life-limiting or chronic complex care needs to help with non-medical expenses related to caring for their child. Cliona’s has supported 106 families this year to date in 25 counties bringing the total number supported over the past 14 years to 955.

Individuals wishing to donate or find out more about Cliona’s Foundation’s impact can go to:  Donations can also be made via text.  To donate €4 text FAMILIES to 50300.  (Text cost €4 & Cliona’s will receive a minimum of €3.60. SP: LikeCharity, Helpline: 076 6805 278)