UCC partner with CUH Charity ‘Children’s Appeal’
UCC Clubs are proud to partner with CUH Charity: Children’s Appeal for the third year running as their charity partner. Each year, different clubs host a variety of different competitions and events with proceeds going to the appeal. UCC skydiving club host an annual charity skydive. The dive takes place at the Irish Parachute Club in Co. Offaly and is open to anyone who would like to participate. 15 staff and students braved the cold and took to the skies last January, raising over €2,600. UCC Archery on the other hand, prefer to host smaller but more frequent events, asking club members to donate to play in-house charity shootouts.
The largest event last year was hosted by UCC Dance. “So UCC Thinks it can Dance” is an annual event where clubs and societies battle against one another in a dance off. Weeks of preparation goes into each dance and judges select the winning group. Held in November, it’s always a great evening for everyone involved. 300 tickets were sold last and a total of €1,350 from the event went to the appeal.
Last week, Shane Falvey, Fundraising & Communications Executive at CUH Charity, came to speak to all club captains to thank them for their efforts over the past two years. Captains were also given a short presentation about the appeal before a cheque to the value of €6,481.85 was handed over following efforts made clubs last year to raise funds for the worthy cause. This year Clubs are hoping to raise over €10k. They will also be running a promotion campaign to encourage all students to get on board with their fundraising efforts.
The children’s unit at CUH hasn’t changed much since it was built. The current facilities were built in the 1970’s and with 30,000 children being treated annually they urgently need to be refurbished to give the children of Munster access to the state-of-the-art facilities they deserve.
Construction has already started on Phase 1 of the project which will provide a new 2 story extension over the existing children’s unit, transforming it into a single centre of excellence. The new building will feature a day unit, a cystic fibrosis day unit as well as providing a new home for Out Patients and Haematology and Oncology Departments. Phase 2 will then provide a new state of the art 80 bed inpatient unit. UCC Clubs are proud to continue working with CUH Charity and hundreds of others in Cork to ensure there is funding for the new build and improved paediatric services.”