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Launch of a Major Fundraising Drive for Three Cork Charities

by Caring for Cork

Target of €60,000 for the Cork Camino Challenge



18/06/20: A major fundraising drive has been officially launched by the Lord Mayor of Cork, Councillor John Sheehan and Cork Olympic and World Championship legend, Rob Heffernan to raise in excess of €60,000 for three well-known Cork charities - CUH Charity Cork University Hospital, Marymount Hospice and Cork Simon Community.


This June & July individuals, families, businesses, sporting organisations and communities are being asked to take on the “Cork Camino Challenge” and help raise much needed funds.  Thousands of people head to Spain every year to walk some or all of the Camino de Santiago and fulfil a personal ambition.  If you’ve ever wanted to walk the Camino then now is your chance! You can walk, run or cycle the 110km “Camino Ingles” between Monday June 1st and Friday 31st July. 


Speaking at the launch, Lord Mayor Councillor John Sheehan said: “I’m delighted to support the efforts of Caring for Cork.  These three charities are supporting both frontline workers and people living on the fringes of society.  I have no doubt that the people of Cork will rise to this challenge.”


Olympic and World Champion, Rob Heffernan is encouraging everyone to get involved: “The people of Cork have always been generous and creative.  In spite of the current physical distancing and travel restrictions I know that they will get fully behind the fundraising drive.”


William O’Brien, Chairman, Caring for Cork said: “During this unprecedented time of Covid-19, charities have been severely hit as a result of their inability to host their usual fundraising events – and at a time when there is a greater demand for their services than ever before.  These organisations do a wonderful job in supporting the sick and the marginalised in our society and the Cork Camino Challenge gives us all an opportunity to show our appreciation and our gratitude for the work they do.”


Each individual that takes part will set a personal target of raising €50 as a minimum, while clubs, teams and businesses are encouraged to raise a minimum of €500.  Every euro counts and every euro is vital for the services of the three charities.  Participants are also being encouraged to post photos of themselves on social media with the hashtag #CaringForCork.” 


Information and registration details are available at www.idonate.ie/CaminoChallengeInCork.


Social Media Links

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/caringtogetherforcork

Twitter - https://twitter.com/CaringCork


For further information on Caring for Cork and the Cork Camino Challenge:

Ann-Marie O’Sullivan - (086) 8188163

Sandra Murphy - (086) 3862315


About the Three Charities


CUH Charity:

As the charitable arm of Cork University Hospital (CUH) and Cork University Maternity Hospital (CUMH), our mission at CUH Charity is to provide a wide range of life-changing and life-saving equipment, facilities and services to patients attending the hospitals. The continued support of individual and corporate donors, volunteers, supporters and hospital staff means that we can continue to support the enhancement and growth of the expert level of care provided by the CUH and CUMH.


Marymount Hospice:

Marymount University Hospital & Hospice (Marymount) is celebrating 150 years in 2020 founded in 1870 by the Religious Sisters of Charity, it is the oldest hospice in Ireland. The original hospital was built on the north side of the city on Wellington Road. The service relocated in 2011 to purpose-built, modern, high-quality facilities in Curraheen, Cork.

Marymount is an independent voluntary teaching Hospital & Hospice, a registered charity governed by a Board of Directors. We provide care for people with life-limiting illness through our hospice services as well as care for the dependent older person. We provide complex care to everyone regardless of age or diagnosis.

Our services include a 44-bed in-patient unit, a day care service (day hospice), an out-patient department, community-based services and bereavement and family support services. For older people, Marymount Hospital provides long-term care, respite and palliative care support services. We are located within a state-of-the-art facility providing specialised and expert care to a population base of 560,000 people.  Each year we support more than 3,000 families across Cork and Munster. Each year Marymount Hospice needs to raise €3.5 million to sustain the level of service which are provided to the community free of charge.  


Cork Simon Community:

Cork Simon Community supports vulnerable men and women, young and old, from all walks of life who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Cork Simon offers care, support and accommodation to over 1,000 people each year.

Our services include outreach for people sleeping rough, day services and access to health care, a nightly soup run, emergency accommodation, high-support housing for people who need intensive supports, independent housing with visiting support, addiction and aftercare services, and a range of personal supports to enable people to move out of homelessness. Our door is always open, and we support people for as long as they need us.

Contact Us Today

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 1800 747475

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