CLIMB4CLARE is a fundraising campaign being organised by the Ladies Gaelic Football Association to raise much needed funding to ensure the provision and roll out of the CLIMB Support Programme in Cancer Care Centres around the country.
CLIMB® is a programme for children aged 5-12 who are experiencing the impact of a parent’s, other significant adult’s or a brother or sister's cancer diagnosis.
CLIMB® is run over six weeks and the groups run in the evenings so as not to disrupt school attendance. It’s an enjoyable, sharing, interactive experience and a time for the children to come together to deal with their feelings. Throughout the programme the children will develop an understanding of cancer and from this understanding the myths and fears that children can hold about cancer will be dispelled. The groups are creative, using drama, arts and play. They are also based on having fun together and meeting new friends.
CLIMB® stands for Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery.
The main reason that LGFA have selected CLIMB® is that it is a vision of one of our colleagues, Clare Clarke, to see this available for all children throughout Ireland. Clare was diagnosed with breast cancer 5 years ago and fought the disease to be given the all clear only to unfortunately be diagnosed with secondary cancer 2 years ago again. Clare was faced with the same issue that so many parents are in having to explain to her two children the news that she was after receiving. In Clare’s own words “I am just an ordinary person trying to get around what is happening myself, how do I explain this to my children in a vocabulary they understand to allow them to answer any questions they are asked. This is where CLIMB® can ensure this happens.” Unfortunately for Clare as she researched for a support programme for her children she realised that there was none available and began to research what she could do to fill this gap in the support structures for cancer sufferers. Clare discovered the CLIMB® Programme and her aim is to see this rolling out throughout all cancer care centres in Ireland.
The Ladies Gaelic Football Association (LGFA) aim to organise fundraising nationally but also at provincial, county and club level where possible. Our main aim is to enable all interested centres to introduce the CLIMB® Programme in their area through the following steps: