Hurley - Hoey 2013 - What were the funds raised used for?

20 January 2014

In advance of the formal launch of the 2nd Hurley-Hoey Run/Walk this coming weekend and in light of very legitimate public concerns about the use of charitable donations, we in the Hurley-Hoey Committee want to be completely transparent in terms of outlining what the monies that were raised at last year's run/walk were used for. In summary €28,000 was raised for two local causes at last year's event which was an incredible figure for an event in it's first year. The money was divided between two very worthy local causes with €14,000 going to St. Anne's Special Needs School in Ennis and €14,000 going to The Sunshine Ward for Sick Children in the Regional Hospital in Limerick. The €14,000 that was allocated to the Sunshine Ward was used to a) purchase 10 special purpose beds for parents of sick children staying in the ward overnight and b) purchase an Activity/Play Unit for children coming into the Sunshine Ward for Day Procedures. The €14,000 that was allocated to St. Anne's School was used for a) structural work for a Sensory Room for the children in the school and b) to purchase equipment for the sensory room. A picture of some of the equipment purchased is included with this story. The Hurley-Hoey Committee had 100% visibility on all purchases from the monies raised including all related invoices. We are absolutely satisfied as a committee that the monies donated by the public were used exclusively for the items listed above. The Hurley-Hoey Committee members operate on a completely voluntary basis and no member of the committee received any monies from their involvement with this charity.