Cliona’s Foundation is a charitable organisation founded in 2007 to fill a great need: providing financial assistance to families in Ireland who have children undergoing long-term medical treatment for critical illness.
Funds raised are used to pay for the “hidden” costs, including accommodation, food, petrol and other miscellaneous expenses incurred by families who must take sick children to hospitals or other medical facilities for frequent treatments.
There is currently over one hundred children’s charities operating in Ireland, Cliona’s Foundation is unique in that it focuses completely on non-medical assistance for families who have exhausted all other avenues of assistance. No other national charity in Ireland offers financial support for non-medical costs associated with the illness.
The ordeal of a child’s grave illness or injury tests families far beyond their endurance, taking an enormous toll financially, emotionally and physically. While Cliona’s Foundation cannot cure a child, we want to help them cope and soften their heart-breaking journey, by providing financial assistance to families, who have exhausted all other resources. Cliona’s Foundation believes that no family should have to face any added financial stress when they are already struggling to cope with the devastation and trauma of a critically ill child.
What is Cliona’s Foundation hoping to achieve?
At any one point, there are 1400 critically ill children in Ireland with an additional 400 new seriously ill children diagnosed each year. Cliona’s Foundation is hoping to support 160 of these families over the next 12 months. This will require funding of at least €320,000. Cliona’s Foundation receives no state funding whatsoever and relies entirely on fundraisers and events to support the many families who contact them each year for support.
In 2007, Terry and Brendan Ring created Cliona’s Foundation following the death of their daughter Cliona in 2006, who died from an inoperable brain tumour.
Terry and Brendan founded Cliona’s Foundation as a non-profit Irish charity to help keep Cliona’s memory alive by helping families with a child suffering from a life threatening illness.
To date Cliona’s Foundation has helped over 320 families throughout Ireland, raising over €1,000,000.