Children’s Health Foundation launches ‘Dare to be Brave’ adventure series   

Dare To Be Brave Children’s Health Foundation

Children’s Health Foundation is calling on individuals and companies across the capital and right across Ireland to ‘Dare to Be Brave’ this year, by taking part in their new adventure series, which will raise vital funds to support sick children and their families in Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) at Crumlin, Temple Street, Tallaght and Connolly. CHI at Crumlin patient Joseph Hammel and his dad Joe helped launch this exciting new series of adrenaline-inducing events, which include a skydive, abseil from Croke Park’s Hogan Stand, a jailbreak from Wicklow Gaol, a land, air, and water assault course and a 24-hour wilderness survival challenge. 

Inspirational Meath Dad Joe Hammel dared to be brave in 2021 when he took on a personal challenge to run 10km every day for an entire year to raise vital funds for sick children in CHI at Crumlin, after his son Joseph received vital treatment in the hospital after doctors discovered a large inflammatory tumour between Joseph’s heart and lung. Joe and Joseph are now joining Children’s Health Foundation to call on individuals and companies to step out of their own comfort zones for sick children by taking on the ‘Dare to be Brave’ adventure series challenge. 

The events will take place between April and August 2022, and will provide participants with exciting, once-in-a-lifetime experiences. 

  • April 21st – 23rd – Jailbreak Challenge – Wicklow Gaol, Wicklow Town 
  • May 25th – 28th – Land, Air & Water Assault Course Challenge – Blessington, Co. Wicklow 
  • June 20th – 23rd – Croke Park Abseil Challenge – Croke Park, Dublin 1 
  • July 21st – 23rd – 24 Hour Wilderness Survival Challenge – Glendalough, Co. Wicklow 
  • August 24th – 27th – Skydive Challenge – Edenderry, Co. Offaly 

Participants can take part in all five challenges, or they can choose the challenges they want to complete. Additionally, people can take on the challenges by themselves, or they can take part as a member of a team with colleagues, friends or sports club. Why not dare your friends or colleagues to be brave with you? Every year, sick children from all over Ireland cross the doors of CHI (Children’s Health Ireland) at Crumlin, Temple Street, Tallaght and Connolly. Every day, the children in our hospitals and urgent care centres summon an incredible amount of bravery and Children’s Health Foundation is committed to supporting the hospitals and urgent care centres to continue their vital and life-saving work. Funds raised by the Dare to be Brave adventure series will go to support the vital and life-saving work that happens in CHI hospitals and urgent care centres every single day, from cutting-edge equipment and a range of patient and parental supports, to making ground-breaking paediatric research possible.  

Denise Fitzgerald, Chief Executive at Children’s Health Foundation said, “Taking part in our ‘Dare to be Brave’ adventure series is a fantastic way to raise funds for sick children, whilst enjoying unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences. We see brave children every day receive treatment in CHI hospitals and urgent care centres. By daring to be brave and taking part in this campaign, you will be supporting sick children, and I have no doubt your bravery will help save lives. Huge thanks to our wonderful friends Joe and Joseph Hammel for getting involved this year and helping spread the word about this important campaign.” 

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