The annual IzzyB’s Away with the Fairies event at Strokestown Park House promises to be bigger and better than ever as thousands are once again expected to flock to the magical County Roscommon venue on June 11th, 2017. Now in its fourth year the Fairy Day event was initiated by the family and friends of Childhood Cancer Survivor, Isobel (IzzyB) Cullinan from Strokestown.
Funds raised from this year’s Fairy Day will go towards helping local children just like Isobel who are undergoing cancer treatments in a number of Shared Care Hospitals in the locality.
Fairy day has raised over €50,000 in the past three years to assist in funding supports and services for children and teens battling cancer and their families.
‘Izzy’ is a daughter of Laura O’Rourke-Cullinan and John Cullinan, a former County Meath footballer. Isobel is now cancer-free and is due to start primary school this September. Although Isobel is currently cancer-free it is unfortunately not the end of hospital visits for the five-year-old County Roscommon girl as she still requires regular check-ups, monitoring and further analysis to determine how exactly the cancer diagnosis has affected her development.
Childhood cancer survivors can face a range of possible long-term side-effects including heart failure, heart defects, secondary cancers while children who have had cancer treatment can also show signs of cognitive learning disabilities, etc.
Funds raised from this year’s Fairy Day will go towards funding these Shared Care Hospitals to make life a little more bearable for very ill children and their families.
Children undergoing cancer treatment must be kept in isolation which means no access to the general paediatric ward and no access to the playroom. Most Shared Care Hospitals don’t have play services available; there are no toys for the isolation rooms, no working TVs, no beds for parents to sleep in or en-suites for immune suppressed kids/teens to use.
The IzzyB’s Away with the Fairies event will take place at Strokestown Park Estate on Sunday, 11th of June from 1pm-5 pm.
Strokestown Park’s Woodland will again be magically transformed into a fairy woodland park for the day and children will enjoy a whole host of fun activities including fairy & pirate workshops, a fairy outdoor cinema, face painting, bouncy castles, a fun family raffle, fairy dancing with Youth Ballet West.
The Irish Fairy Door Company will also be attending the event to entertain children with Tales of Fairy adventures. There will be a Treasure Hunt for the adventurous Fairies & Pirates in the Fairy Woodland.
Entry for this fantastic event is just €10 for children, €35 for a family of 4 or more and adults and under 2s are free.
For more information on event visit www.facebook.com/izzybsawaywiththefairiesfunday. For more information on our chosen charity visit www.childhoodcancer.ie