This is our third year running our children adventure day. This is for children between the ages of 7-17 and will be held in Petersburg Outdoor Adventure Centre in Clonbur, Co. Galway. The day will take place on April 26th 2019.
The day will begin around 9:30am. We will start with tea and coffee and scones for the kids and the parents. We will offer an introduction of who we are as three sisters and letting the kids know that we have been in their shoes before as we lost our brother Declan when he was just seven to a brain tumor. We then move into the day. There are two activities with lunch and snacks included and we finish around 5pm.
We absolutely welcome parents and guardians to stay around for the day. what organically seems to fall is that parents are then meeting other parents that have lost a child. There is no structure or activities or talks organised for the parents which we feel helps to offer the sense of comfort and absolutely no pressure. There is a room with couches, a fire, lunch and tea and coffee and some lovely walks around the area.
If you feel that your children or nieces or neighbour might be interested then please do let them know and you can contact us on 0874220000 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking forward to hearing from you and meeting you,
Aishleen, Katie-anne and Charlotte OToole x x
North West Three Peaks Challenge
Jacinta`s Smile ran a mountain climbing challenge fundraiser in August. It was a beautiful achievement of families and friends coming together. WE were fortunate enough to even have some of the children from our adventure days join us in our trek up the mountains of Mount Errigal, Co. Donegal, Ben Bulben Co, Sligo and Crough Patrick Co, Mayo.
Same place and same time next year. The second weekend in August.
Jacinta`s Smile First Adventure Day
Our very first year was April 15th 2017. We chose this date as Declan`s birthday is April 16th and we wanted to bring him in to our thoughts also. We had twenty three young people between the ages of 7-17. All of these young had lost a brother or sister, whether it was through an illness, car crash, suicide or sudden death. What sets us aside from other support groups is that we are a one size fits all. We accept all types of loss as death is heartbreaking for all no matter how the young person had passed away.
Check out our beautiful video here.
2016 Dublin City Marathon
This is where the idea of Jacinta`s Smile came about. A family fire asked us if he could run the 2016 Dublin Marathon for an organisation of our choice in honour of Jacinta. We as a family have completed many fundraising events through the years for Crumlin and Beaumont Hospital. We found however, that the missing piece of these was the brother or sister that was left behind. That watched the treatments and stood back and seen their family fall apart as their sibling fades in and out of this world.
Jacinta in articular found it difficult after Declan died and felt that there was little support for her in her grief or confusion. for this reason we decided that we would put something together to support bereaved siblings. In order to prevent the feelings of isolation, emptiness and being different.
And so Jacinta`s Smile was born.
We ran the Dublin Marathon in October of 2016 and whilst it was an incredible achievement for us very un-athletic three women it is also safe to say . . . Never again!!