Mayo residents have been pushing to throw a trick-or-treating party for sick kids this Halloween

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National broadcaster and mum Alison Curtis launched Trick or Treat for Sick Children – the Children’s Health Foundation’s annual fundraiser – this week with the help of Children’s Health Ireland patient Joy Harper. Photo: Andres Poveda

The Children’s Health Foundation is calling on individuals, families, community groups, schools, daycares and more across Mayo to get spooky this Halloween by dressing up, hosting your own trick or treat party and raising funds to help sick children and their Support families in Children’s Health Ireland hospitals and emergency centres.

Getting involved couldn’t be easier; Simply visit www.childrenshealth.ie/trickortreat to sign up for your free party pack.

Your monster party can be as big or as small as you like, and the donations you raise will be used where they are most needed – at Children’s Health Ireland’s hospitals in Crumlin, Temple Street, Tallaght and Connolly to support sick children from all over Ireland.

To celebrate 10 years of partnership, which has helped raise over €3.2 million so far, MiWadi has created a podcast mini-series of fantastic Halloween-inspired short stories, inspired by the imaginations of patients Joy Harper, Luke Staundon and Noah Daly inspires stories of bravery and adventure.

The first episode, titled Joy vs. The Monsters of Springlawn Green, is inspired by seven-year-old Joy Harper, who proves her monster spirit and bravery by taking on a few friendly neighborhood monsters while she’s with her playing trick or treating with her siblings and best friends.

MiWadi created the limited podcast series to illustrate the challenges sick children in Ireland face every day and the powerful spirit they need to overcome such obstacles in life.

The three-episode bite-sized Halloween tale series is inspired by tales of bravery and adventure from three young patients and is perfect for little ears as they get in the mood for the Halloween season. The series will be available on all podcast streaming platforms from October 7th until Halloween.

Introducing Trick or Treat for Sick Children, Denise Fitzgerald, Executive Director, Children’s Health Foundation said, “This year marks an important milestone for the Children’s Health Foundation and our Trick or Treat campaign as we celebrate an amazing 10th anniversary with MiWadi celebrate as campaign sponsors. We are extremely grateful to all of our trick or treaters across the country who support this important campaign each year and we are delighted to encourage families, communities, nurseries, schools, businesses and more across Ireland to gather again this Halloween to support sick children and their families in Children’s Health Ireland hospitals and emergency centres. Thank you to everyone at MiWadi for your support over the past decade and for sharing our vision of giving every sick child the very best opportunity.”

Caroline Hyde, Marketing Manager, MiWadi, Britvic Ireland added: “This is truly a special year for us. We are so proud to celebrate 10 years of our Trick or Treat partnership. At MiWadi we live through the lens of the imagination and we are delighted to celebrate our 10th anniversary by putting the stories of Children’s Health Ireland front and center. We hope this year will be the biggest year yet!”

At the launch of the 2022 campaign, national broadcaster Alison Curtis said: “I am honored to be part of the Trick or Treat campaign. I have long admired this campaign as it supports the very fabric of our society; Children who, despite facing great challenges early in life, are able to persevere and achieve great things with the support of their families and the unwavering support of Children’s Health Ireland.”

Throughout the campaign, MiWadi will be sharing his top tricks and tips on social media to get the party scared. Check it out at www.instagram.com/miwadi_ireland. To sign up for a Sick Kids Trick or Treat party package, register at www.childrenshealth.ie/trickortreat or call (01) 7091700. The package includes posters, stickers and much more.

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