This year I am a part of the 100 minds campaign which gathers university students from all over Ireland to raise vital funds for Temple Street Hospital.
All funds donated are being allocated towards the redevelopment of St. Philomena’s ward and also the purchasing and updating of vital equipment used in this Hospital. Here’s a slightly more detailed breakdown of where our donations go:
• New wards in St. Philomena’s will be added so that more parents have the option of sleeping on site while their child is staying overnight.
• Updating of vitally needed equipment and machines.
• The addition of patient entertainment areas which are a part of the many other attempts to create as welcoming and homely an atmosphere – especially for the long-term patients.
We so often take our health for granted and forget that many children are spending the majority of their lives undergoing serious operations or constant check-ups. So many people are currently experiencing daily struggles (sometimes life threatening) while we carry on with our daily lives.
I admittedly often over-dramatize my small inconveniences and forget to put things into perspective most of the time and I’m sure you can relate. However, we’re only human and it’s easy to oversee the struggles and suffering associated with chronic illnesses don’t personally affect our lives on a daily basis.
This is why I decided to take part in this campaign. I strongly feel that even raising awareness and recognition will help us think differently. Hopefully it will act as a reminder to appreciate our health and everything else we usually take for granted.
I also feel that it is very important that the staff at Temple Street Hospital are recognised for their efforts to try make each patient’s experience in Temple Street as welcoming as possible. In addition, they certainly shouldn’t go unrecognised for their life saving operations and support for these families affected by illnesses.
Each child has a different story. However, they all get superb support from Temple Street and any donation (no matter how small) will make all the difference. After all, in the race to save a child’s life, every donation and minute matters.