A beautiful picture that my sister shot of my two kids which hangs on a canvas frame in my hallway which friends always admire when calling over to my house. Siocha is alot more cheekier now (she has me wrapped around her finger!) and Liam will nearly pass me out in height soon.
The picture has a deeper reminder for me though as was taken the same year that I first had contact and worked with John Looney and Cork City Hospitals Childrens Club at their annual Christmas two day event in Fota. Every year over 200 sick kids are taken there by a convoy of limos, vintage cars etc with a Garda motorcycle escort thru the city and arrive to the red carpet at Fota House. Santa is there waiting to greet them with his team of elves, snowmen and all the Disney characters (not forgetting Wally and the funny clowns!) and the whole house is transformed and decorated like the North Pole. Myself and some of the dj's from Red spin tunes and do games while they are waiting to visit Santa and then followed by a wonderful Christmas party. The first year I dj'ed there, I met a little boy who took a great interest to the decks and music. Before the end of the morning I had him djing with headphones on and playing music to the kids and families there and remembered his mum taking pics as he did his funny dj pose!
12 months later when I was back in Fota again, I asked John when was our little Dj playing again and replied quietly "He didnt make it Philip and passed away sadly this year". If there was ever a message to fully understand what the Cork City Hospitals Childrens Club do..it hit me like a train with great sadness to understand what parents with terminally ill kids have to go through every day while I take my own kids healthy lives for granted. Their slogan sums it up really well what they do....
"Bringing smiles to the faces of sick and deserving children in Cork"
Throughout the year, the Cork City Hospitals Children's Club brings sick and deserving children from CUH, Mercy Hospital, St. Gabriel's and the Cork Deaf Association on numerous trips/events and their big one is annual trip to Disneyland in Paris. But in order to run all these events and keep the smiles on the faces of all the children, the club need your support.
How can you help?
I am organising the following fundraiser for Friday 2nd December in Cubins nightclub. Its the first Christmas Friday and also the same day we find out the results of who Ireland will be playing in EURO 2012 FINALS DRAW
A very simple wear red/green fancy dress...
Girls..wear a santa hat! Guys wear an Irish Jersey! It's the countdown to Christmas and I don't expect people to fork out for normal fancy dress so that in mind a santa day hat will only set you back €2 at most and lads will have Irish jersey or scarf somewhere!
If you are not doing a work Xmas party this year, maybe a great excuse to get yourself and workmates together for a night out!!
Admission is only €6 (price of two coffees or box of ciggys) and all proceeds will be going to the Childrens Club..Everyone will be in a free draw for Jingle Bell Ball tickets for Royseven and Ryan Sheridan and I will have a ton of vouchers and giveaways and including Lee Travel Holiday vouchers for best dressed!
Are you in business? I will be doing to Pledge a Voucher /Plug your Business Appeal on the show Red Zone 12-4pm from this Monday Nov 28th and you can email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to help out!
Can't make it to Cubins on Friday night?
One of two other ways you can help........
Then get your car washed at Mojoes in Wilton on Sat 3rd Dec for Christmas Charity Car Wash! All proceeds between 11am and 6pm for the club and Santa will be there too with sport stars and volunteers helping out!
A little donation directly to the club
Bank of Ireland, Wilton, Co. Cork
Bank of Ireland, Wilton, Co. Cork
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