Well done to all taking part in Carlow
Flying in between August 21 and 24, the Woodie’s Heroes campaign will be visiting stores including Carlow, Wexford and Kilkenny to collect the proceeds raised for the charities after the journey from Turner’s Cross and Blackpool in Cork.
On August 20, the Woodie’s Heroes will kick off their 1,600km cycle around the country, in the effort of raising over €1m on behalf of four charities; The Temple Street Foundation, Down Syndrome, Make A Wish & Jack and Jill.
The cyclists will travel on two different routes around the West and East of the country.
In conjunction with the funds raised in store and from the cycle, this year’s Grammy Award winning band Foo Fighters have granted their permission to record ‘My Hero’ as part of this year’s activities.
Irish band Wild Youth have joined forces with the Woodie’s choir to record the track.
"The Woodie’s Heroes campaign has been an outstanding success and we are very excited at the prospect of raising one million since we started three years ago. We are also celebrating our 30th Birthday, so it’s a double celebration for us!
"Wild Youth are one of the biggest up and coming acts in the country right now, so it is a real privilege and exciting to have them on board.
"And of course, we have to mention the incredible support we get from colleagues, friends, customers and suppliers to bring this campaign alive – it’s a true collaboration and we are so grateful for all their support over the past four years’, said Woodie’s CEO Declan Ronayne.
Each of the four charities have chosen their own hero to represent them throughout the campaign:
MAKE A WISH
From last year’s fundraising, Woodie’s Heroes funded 18 wishes for children and their families to go to Disneyland Paris with Make-A-Wish Ireland. This year’s Hero is Macie, she is 8 years old and living with a heart condition. She had the time of her life when her wish to go to Disneyland was granted, she got to have lunch with her favourite princesses and her special badge meant she could skip all the queues and feel like royalty herself!
JACK AND JILL
Last year’s fundraising allowed the Jack & Jill Foundation to increase the age restriction from 4 to 5. Luke is representing the foundation this year, he is 2 years old and has Congenital CMV which means he requires specialist care which the amazing Jack & Jill nurses provide. Luke’s family are extremely grateful for Jack & Jill; ‘This home nursing time allows us to catch up with day to day tasks and most importantly to spend quality time with Matthew, Luke’s older brother. This time is precious to us as a family’.
In 2016 Woodie’s Heroes contributed to the opening of a new neurology and renal unit in Temple Street. This year their ambassador is Katie. When she was just 4 years old, she had a bad fall at home and had to be rushed to Temple Street where it was discovered she had a bleed on her brain. After several weeks in ICU, with her family by her side and incredible doctors and nurses looking after her she thankfully recovered. Katie is now doing really well, and her family are so grateful to everyone who looked after her. This year Woodie’s Heroes plan to fund the purchase of vital surgical equipment for keyhole surgery which is used to treat many injuries.
DOWN SYNDROME IRELAND
Down Syndrome Ireland is a new charity recipient of Woodie’s Heroes campaign this year and the funds raised will go towards Down Syndrome Ireland’s educational support for children with Down syndrome
Their ambassador is Mia, who is 8 years old and attends main stream school, where she is doing really well as an active and popular class participant. She is very sociable and goes to the cinema with her friends and arranges lots of play dates.