Dublin Hosts First Two Climb® Courses

ARC Dublin 

When fundraising for the Climb4Clare programme began in 2014 it was with the ultimate aim of seeing the Climb© Programme rolled out throughout the country and becoming accessible to all of the children who might need it right throughout the island of Ireland. Unfortunately, earlier this year, we lost the inspiration behind the fundraising when Clare Clarke succumbed to cancer. It was a bittersweet day on January 31st as the first Climb© facilitators received their training only to learn shortly afterwards that Clare had lost her long battle against the disease.


However, despite the loss of Clare, the good work that she started has continued in her memory. On Wednesday, April 22nd we will realise Clare’s dreams as the first Climb© programmes begin providing the services thanks to the amazing fundraising work by fundraisers right throughout the country. The first two programmes will take place in Dublin on Wednesday, April 22nd and Thursday, April 30th at the ARC Centre South Circular Road and ARC Eccles Street, both in Dublin.


This is the first of several courses that will be rolled out throughout the country and will be available at various centres, go to www.ladiesgaelic.ie for more information about new courses and the availability of Climb©. The centres currently trained up are Cork Arc Cancer Support, Cuan Cootehill & Cavan Centre Social Support Group, Cancer Focus Northern Ireland (Cookstown), Arc Dublin South, Arc Dublin North, Tuam Cancer Care, Hand in Hand Children’s Cancer Charity Galway, Éist Carlow Cancer Support Centre and Portlaoise Cuisle Cancer Care and we look forward to programmes in all venues in the coming months.


CLIMB® is run over six weeks and with the groups taking place in the evenings so as not to disrupt school attendance. Climb© is a course that is tailored to help children deal with the news that a close relative has been diagnosed with cancer. Climb© is 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.


We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for supporting all the Climb4Clare Fundraising initiatives around the country so far and we urge you to continue these efforts. It is amazing to see so many people coming together to make a difference and raise money to bring a vital service into the country. We are also delighted that due to the fundraising efforts throughout the country it allowed us to work with both the Irish Cancer Society and Cancer Focus NI therefore allowing us to provide training for CLIMB® facilitators in counties around Ireland to ensure the provision of this wonderful programme to families in need at a very stressful time in their lives following the cancer diagnosis of a family member.


With the courses beginning throughout the country families are now invited to enrol children that they think may benefit from the Climb© services. If you know a family whose children are affected by the diagnosis of a loved one you are invited to bring this course to the attention of that family who can then benefit from all of the services available.

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