Cliona’s Foundation Patron
Miriam O’Callaghan is Cliona’s Foundation’ first ever patron. Speaking about Miriam O’Callaghan becoming Cliona’s Foundation’s First Patron, Brendan Ring co-founder said:
”Miriam O’Callaghan is a powerful advocate for Cliona’s Foundation. She is a highly regarded public figure, in touch with and supporting numerous charitable causes and therefore fully recognises the plight of the families that Cliona’s Foundation wants to support. We are thrilled to have her name associated with our charity as we journey to raise national awareness and more funds to help reach out to families desperately in need of financial assistance.”
The scope of work carried out by Cliona’s Foundation’s is one-of-a-kind. While many charities focus on children’s illnesses and their welfare, Cliona’s Foundation uniquely provides financial help with non-medical costs.
These can amount to significant sums as Brendan and Terry know very well. Over the years, as Brendan & Terry’s daughter Cliona, underwent numerous hospital treatments for her brain tumour, the couple were struck by the number of families facing enormous financial hardship. Blind-sided by all the non-medical expenses associated with a sick child, they saw at first-hand the enormous toll and additional stress it took on families, already struggling with the nightmare of having a seriously ill child. Following Cliona’s tragic death, they turned their tragedy into positive action and started fundraising to help those less fortunate families.
Speaking about becoming the charity’s first Patron, Miriam O’Callaghan said:
“I am genuinely touched by the work that Cliona’s Foundation undertakes and very pleased to be the charity’s first Patron. Brendan and Terry are a genuinely inspiring couple who have turned their personal tragedy into making a difference to families who have a sick child by helping to ease the financial burden, during what must be an enormously traumatic and stressful time.”
Cliona’s Foundation is also delighted to have four wonderful ambassadors Leanne Moore, TJ RYan, Joy Neville and Davey Russell.
Leanne Moore, from Limerick, is multi-talented as a singer, journalist, presenter and actress. As a freelance journalist Leanne currently contributes to a daily showbiz and entertainment section for TV3’s Ireland AM along with being the Showbiz Correspondent for TV3′s Xpose. Leanne also finds time to write a weekly feature for The Irish Sun and contributes too many National publications regularly. Leanne has recently added her name to Cliona’s Foundation as an Ambassador…
’’I’ve always admired Brendan and Terry Ring and was only too happy to support Cliona’s Foundation. I’ve been very lucky in life and now would like to give something back to help others. Cliona’s Foundation is a remarkable Foundation and I hope to spread the word about the difference it has made and can make to families’.
Davy Russell, from Youghal, Co. Cork, Davy Russell has undoubtedly been the most progressive jump jockey in the Irish weighing room and has firmly established himself as one of the top riders in the country.
“I am delighted to be able to promote and support the work that Cliona’s Foundation does, they are an amazing organisation helping out so many families who do not have anywhere else to turn for support. “
TJ Ryan has had a long career with Limerick hurling being a player for the county from 1994 to 2006 and a selector in 2011. TJ was appointed as Limerick senior hurling manager in 2013 and will be remaining as Limerick Manager until at least 2017.
“Cliona’s Foundation started off in Limerick, but they now help families all over Ireland. They are a real success story, and I’m proud to do my part to help them.”
Joy Neville is a former Woman’s Rugby captain for Ireland and was part of the ground-breaking Irish women’s rugby team who won their first Grand Slam in 2013. Joy is currently the Rugby Development Officer in the Limerick Institute of Technology.
“Life is already difficult enough for the families of critically ill children without battling financial difficulties too. Unfortunately, many of them do. Parents who live outside Dublin and visit their sick child in a Dublin hospital can spend as much as €200 a day between travel expenses, petrol, parking and meals. That’s where Cliona’s Foundation comes in; they work to ease the burden on families who are already pushed to their limit.”