Duck Push Presentation to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin
Last month nearly 40 Poetry students accompanied by Mr Steven Gray, visited Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin to present a cheque for €50,000 to Dr. Michael McDermott and members of the fundraising team at the Children’s Medical Research Foundation building. The funds will go towards the purchase of a 3D xray machine which will help doctors at the hospital treat children particularly children with scoliosis of the spine.
Dr McDermott explained how the equipment will give doctors more accurate information to help improve diagnosis and treatment. In addition the equipment will mean that patients will face fewer x-rays and have less exposure to radiation. Patients simply step into the machine, which will be more comfortable for them to use.
Speaking on our behalf Hugo O’Donnell explained that it was a privilege to be able to help with the purchase of this kind of equipment which will improve the lives of children in Ireland suffering from a treatable condition. Hugo also took the opportunity to thank again all who helped us in this year’s Duck Push including parents and grandparents, family members and friends, teachers, prefects and of course our many sponsors including Dunnes Stores, Mallon Motors, Westwood Trailers, John J Galvin and Son and of course Cistercian College Roscrea and Glenstal Abbey.
Mr. Gray complimented us on our creativity, teamwork and high levels of participation throughout the year. “You put the fun into fundraising”, he said while also expressing the hope that we would continue to prioritise helping others in future. While self praise is no praise we found ourselves agreeing with Mr. Gray on all counts! We wish this year’s Syntax continued success as they commence their fundraising journey with two new low mileage track tested ducks to push!
Clongowes Duck Push
For more than twenty years the Transition Year students in Clongowes Wood College have made raising money to buy a piece of life saving equipment for Crumlin Children’s Hospital an annual goal. Equipment has ranged from portable ultra sound machines (for use with children with limited mobility) to machines to help diagnose cancer patients more quickly. Last June, 30 students accompanied by teachers took to the road once again pushing the Ducks from Crumlin Children’s Hospital in Dublin to Limerick. Over the last 24 years over €1.5 million has been raised and the group was hopeful that things would go well again this year. As well as pushing the Ducks across the country over eight days in June, students also raised money through a whole variety of activities during the preceding year. These ranged from mini companies and pop up cafes to coffee mornings by way of barbecues and washing cars and made use of a host of abilities, talents and skills along the way.