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Cancer Fund for Children is an all-Ireland charity providing emotional support to children diagnosed with cancer and their families. In 2019 Gilmar and I attended a fundraising event, at the Shelbourne Hotel, as part of the charity’s appeal to build a new short break centre in Mayo.

Cancer Fund for Children has offered vital services to children in need in the north since 1973, where operates an existing therapeutic short-break service, Daisy Lodge, in Co Down.

Their mission is to provide similar services to children and their families in the south by fundraising for the development of a €13.5 million facility in Cong, Co Mayo.

This extension of services will mean children, young people and their families will receive practical and emotional help at home and in the community, including the offer of a free therapeutic short break at the lodge they are planning to build in Co Mayo.

The Masquerade Ball fundraiser at the Shelbourne Hotel included a three course fine dining, wine during dinner, live entertainment and auction. For the auction, I offered my services as a prize with a private cooking experience. The highest bidder won a night of Japanese cooking with me in their own home, for them and a group of friends.

This fundraising event is just one part of Cancer Fund for Children’s ongoing efforts to raise the €13.5 million that they need. The charity also has the considerable backing of Irish golfer Rory McIlroy. Rory has pledged an incredible €1.2 million as part of a major donor strategy.

Having learned more about their services and mission, Gilmar and I have also formed a deep connection to the charity and decided to make our commitment part of an ongoing relationship. Cancer Fund for Children is now Fused’s chosen charity partner and I am proud to act as one of their ambassadors.

Over the past number years we have maintained contact with Cancer Fund for Children. We look forward to supporting them into the future in any small way that we can, and to help spread the word about their vital services.

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