CORA Griffin would have turned the milestone age of 18 on May 1 this year. Sadly, at the age of 14 on December 27, 2017, Cora lost her life when she suffered a massive cardiac event after taking ill in her Dunhill home.
Every year since, to mark Cora’s birthday, her family have organised a fundraising swim to raise money for charity.
This year, Waterford-based Touching Hearts will celebrate Cora’s 18th on May 1st and they want as many people as possible to join in.
The aim is to raise €18,000 in Cora’s name, which will go towards relocating services for children with additional and complex needs from the 47-year-old Sacred Heart Centre building on Lady Lane to a custom-built facility on the grounds of St Otteran’s Hospital.
Since its inception in 2017, Touching Hearts has raised €430,000 of the €1 million required for the new building.
Waterford Chamber is appealing to the business community and the wider public to come up with their own way of fundraising on Saturday, May 1.
Whether it is organising a donation of 18 minutes pay (on Friday, April 30) to the new building fund, doing 18 minutes of a fun activity or repeat an activity 18 times, every euro raised will bring Touching Hearts closer to realising its dream.
The aim of the fundraiser is to have fun, celebrate Cora’s birthday and raise funds for this vital service in her honour.
This new building will meet current and future service needs, while empowering children with additional needs and their families to develop to their full potential in a safe and nurturing environment. The Government have committed to releasing funding this year for the project to commence and to be completed by 2025.
Monies raised can be donated directly to the Touching Hearts Account (IBAN: IE19 AIBK 9342 7525 6980 18), using your company name.
For further information, visit www.touchinghearts.ie