Ceardlann, Spiddal Craft Village and Café will host a late night shopping event next week to help raise much needed funds for local children’s cancer charity, Hand in Hand.
Hand in Hand provides a practical and emotional support to families whose lives are affected by childhood cancer, from sending in cleaners and doing laundry, to helping with childcare and family meals, all the things that families need done, but more importantly this gives parents precious time to spend with their children.
The team at Ceardlann decided to get involved when they spoke to Jennifer from Hand in Hand. That day Hand in Hand had heard the devastating news that two of their children had come out of remission and there had also been four new referrals received that week. Jennifer also explained to the Ceardlann that January is a very quiet time for the charity in terms of funding coming in, but outgoing costs remain the same. Everyone at Ceardlann was touched by practical services the charity provides. Some had not heard of Hand in Hand, and people wanted to help organising a fundraiser and also helping to raise the profile of the charity.
The local community are also getting involved — the 30 piece choir, Cór Chois Fharraige, a group of young talented students from An Ghaelacadamh, and local musician Steve Sweeney and friends, have volunteered their time to help raise money on the evening. This will be a fabulous evening of song, dance, and music so go along and donate what you can.
All the shops at Ceardlann have donated fabulous hand crafted prizes to be raffled on the night, and some are also offering to make a donation to the charity from profits from the evening, so as you shop you are also helping out. Donations can be made on the evening and every bit helps.
The fundraiser will take place on Thursday December 12 from 7pm.
This week representatives are working their way around the Chois Fharraige area to see if there are businesses willing to get involved by donating prizes for the raffle and/or taking raffle lines to sell.
Contact Bridget Barker at 087 9717080 if you think you or your company might be able to help.