The Cork Friends of Crumlin Charity Ball took place on October 21st at the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs, Cork. It is estimated that the event raised up to €130,000 in much needed funds for CMRF Crumlin, which is the fundraising body for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital and the National Children’s Research Centre in Crumlin. More than 1,220 Cork children and their families rely on Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin every year.
Ann-Marie O’Sullivan, Chairperson of the Cork Friends of Crumlin Charity Ball committee said, “Last year, 1,708 Cork children were treated at the hospital. Supporting fundraising events such as the Ball, provides the people of Cork with an opportunity to support Ireland’s sickest children, and to let the children and families who travel from Cork every year know that we are right behind them, raising and donating funds so their children can access the best care, research and knowledge to help them through really tough times.”
Lisa Nicole Dunne, the CEO of The Children’s Medical and Research Foundation (CMRF) said, “Now, more than ever, support is critical to ensure that sick children have the best care and treatments available. We have always received tremendous support from the people of Cork and we are delighted to have this prestigious event as a key fundraising highlight. Supporters of the Ball are helping to ensure that the many thousands of children who are going through their toughest journeys right now, will receive the best support, care and treatment at Our Lady’s, and will benefit from breakthroughs in research that turn knowledge into progress for very sick children.”
Matt Cooper hosted the Ball this year and top auction prizes on the night included Late Late Show tickets, signed sporting memorabilia and a training session for ten underage players with Doug Howlett.