Families affected by childhood cancer in Wicklow will be helped by a new project being launched by Lions Clubs across Ireland in partnership with the registered charity, Childhood Cancer Ireland.
An average of seven children, adolescents and young adults (aged 0-24) are diagnosed with cancer each week in Ireland.
This September, during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Childhood Cancer Ireland and Sugarloaf Lions will ‘Light It Up Gold’ to raise awareness of childhood, adolescent and young adult cancer, a disease which has been increasing annually by 1-2% over the last 25 years in Ireland. We will also fundraise locally for Childhood Cancer Ireland during September.
Sugarloaf Lions Club are arranging the following events in our area in September 2023:
- Awareness stands in local supermarkets selling Childhood Cancer Ireland pins;
- Greystones library will be Lighting Up Gold from 1st September to the 3rd September 2023;
- Greystones Town Council building will be Lighting Up Gold for the month of September;
- Table Quiz at 8pm on Thursday 21st September 2023 in Greystones Rugby Club. Book tickets at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 086-3992651
Childhood Cancer Ireland raises funds to provide a number of practical and emotional supports to children and families including:
- Beads of Courage and Sibling Beads Programme at the National Children’s Cancer Service in Children’s Health Ireland at Crumlin.
- Refurbishment of paediatric oncology isolation rooms in Shared Care facilities (regional hospitals).
- A new series of workshops for parents in 2023, which will enable parents to process what they have been through since their child was diagnosed and to begin to heal.
- Parent peer support, which is a vital support to parents both during and after treatment.
Sugarloaf Lions Club was founded in November 1967. It consists of a group committed individuals who give voluntarily of their time to make a difference in the community locally, nationally and internationally through the Lions Club worldwide organisation.
Their aim is to identify needs in the community and seek to assist in finding solutions to those needs either through direct action ourselves or working with other charities.
All administrative costs of the Lions organisation at all levels from local to international are paid for by the members themselves. As a result the bureaucratic needs of the charity are kept to a minimum and all funds raised for charity are used exclusively to address the needs identified by the Lions organisation.