Clionas have been working with secondary schools for many years through talks about our work and various fundraisers. The families we support are caring for children in every community in Ireland and we have always been grateful to the schools across the country who have taken Cliona’s cause onboard and really helped us. We are delighted to be expanding our work through our new School Engagement Programme which will include an annual trip to the Camino with Transition Year students.

Please see more information below on how you can get your school involved with Clionas and for more information on the Camino for Clionas contact [email protected] or [email protected] or 087 3666937 anytime for further support.

Castletroy College

TY Students at Castletroy College held a bake sale in aid of Cliona's this year.

School Talks

Clionas have visited many schools talking about the work we do with families caring for children with a life limiting illness. If you would like us to come to your school to talk about the importance of supporting and understanding these families in our community please get in touch.

Camino for Clionas

Following on from the wonderful success in 2023 year we are delighted to once again partner with Camino Groups to bring you Camino for Clionas 2024. We will take part in  a fundraising journey to the Camino Santiago travelling in  May & June . Over 100 students from across 11 schools  are joining  us for a 6 night adventure, walking together, in solidarity with the thousands of families in Ireland who are caring for a child with a life limiting illness.

We are now taking enquiries for this amazing trip for 2025 – please email [email protected] for further detail 

Why Join this Journey & How to Take Part

  • Firstly, invite someone from team Cliona’s to come and speak to your group about our work and this unique trip.
  • Sign up to take part in the Camino for Cliona’s which is due to take place in May & June 2025.

  • Publicly Fundraise €1,000 donation for Cliona’s Foundation.

  • Privately fundraise for the costs of the trip which is 6 nights for €476 plus flight (approx €200) – 5 nights in Albergues and 1 night in Santiago.
  • Take part in a rewarding fundraising journey with team Cliona’s where you get to learn new skills that don’t involve your phone, make new friends while also making a huge difference to the families Cliona’s support. So it is a MASSIVE win win!

  • Clionas experienced staff will be organising all aspects of the trip and will be there to support you every step of the way (excuse the pun!!). We will be on hand to speak with parents before you sign up, along the way and we will also conduct a pre-departure session for you.

  • Through our friends at Camino Groups we give schools the Pilgrim Passport issued by Camino Society Ireland. This is the only officially-recognised Irish Camino passport.

  • Each participant will receive a certificate of appreciation and achievement from Cliona’s Foundation.

  • Cliona’s will provide fundraising support and encouragement with a broad range of ideas to kick start you such as street collections, flag day, church talks, coffee mornings, bag packs and bake sales. We will even provide you with a fun A to Z ideas list!

  • The aim of this journey is to engage and create youth ambassadors for Cliona’s cause and fundraise vital funds. Having been involved in working with young people in this way before we know that a journey such as this will grow and nurture our young people into communicative, compassionate and collaborative contributors to our communities, today and in the future.

#MyFriday Feeling

Cliona’s Foundation is asking for your school to join in the fun with our upcoming fundraising and awareness event, #MyFridayFeeling, aimed at all secondary school students across the island. Schools, like the community, comprise a diverse bunch of individuals with a variety of interests but everyone wants to feel good. So help us communicate #MyFridayFeeling to your secondary school students on any date throughout the school year by hosting a Non-Uniform day within your school.

We hope this unique charity fundraiser that will be organized by your Transition Year Students within your school and schools around Ireland will give students an opportunity to learn new skills but also be in with a chance to win some great prizes for the students, teachers and your school. The fundraising day comprises two distinct components:

A Non-Uniform Day to raise money for Cliona’s Activities arranged by the TY students that give the sense of Feeling Good!

This fundraising day is essential to raise funds to provide families with financial assistance directly to parents of children with life-limiting or chronic complex care needs across Ireland to help with the non-medical expenses related to caring for their child.

Get your students talking about their #MyFridayFeeling:

  • I get that #MyFridayFeeling when I…
  • #MyFridayFeeling comes when…
  • I love x and #MyFridayFeeling is…
  • I have a #MyFridayFeeling when…

We would be so delighted if you could help us to go really big for 2023. #MyFridayFeeling is a really lovely opportunity for students, schools and Cliona’s to work together to make a difference to the families Cliona’s work with and to start a conversation about feeling good.

Register your school by calling us or emailing [email protected] and we will help you!

TY Mini Company

The TY Mini Company is a wonderful programme ran in many schools. The Transition Year mini-company programme aims to develop in students the business skills of:

  • Carrying out market research and marketing.

  • The process of conducting meetings.

  • Organising and managing the finances and accounts of a company.

We would love if students would consider partnering with Cliona’s for their Mini-Company Partner and together we can come up with ideas on how to learn new skills while also making a difference!

Create Your Own Fundraiser

Cliona’s would be delighted to support you with literature, T-shirts and any supporting documentation that you might need for a bake sale, coffee morning, walk/run, or any fundraising idea you might like to create!

Students at Scoil Pol held a festive jumper day organised by their Wellbeing Committee