Members donate €50k to children’s health research

A cheque for €50,000 has been handed over to the Children’s Health Foundation by Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) President Dorothy McGinley.

The money, which was the proceeds of this year’s INTO Members’ Draw, will go towards research into sickle cell disease.

The INTO President expressed her appreciation to members who supported this fundraising initiative and the staff representatives who promoted the draw in their schools.

Dorothy said: “The INTO was once again delighted to promote the draw in aid of the Children’s Health Foundation this year. I want to express my sincere thanks to all those who donated. The money raised will make a huge difference to children affected by sickle cell disease.”

Hugh Kane, CEO of Children’s Health Ireland said the funds would give little patients the very best chance to receive world-class care. He thanked the INTO for supporting staff in Children’s Health Ireland hospitals and urgent care centres at Crumlin, Temple Street, Tallaght and Connolly.

Hugh said: “This contribution will support Children’s Health Foundation’s ongoing efforts to fund vital life-saving equipment and ground-breaking paediatric research into sickle cell disease. Thank you for your continued generosity”.

Following a Congress resolution last April, charitable donations will come from members subscriptions. Beneficiaries will be decided by the CEC and the union will continue to support the Children’s Health Foundation.