Hillary Clinton was in Ireland this week, as she takes took time to visit renowned Barretstown children’s charity.
The American politician and former First Lady visited to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the charity.
Secretary Clinton visited 120 campers in Barretstown, and was the guest of honour at the charity’s 25th Anniversary Founders Dinner.
Barretstown was founded by the late Hollywood actor Paul Newman, and Clinton has supported his work for many years.
“Paul Newman just saw children who he thought deserved to have joy in their lives even though they were seriously ill,” Clinton said, as reported by The Journal.
“Bill and I visited that first camp in Connecticut all those years ago and were just so overwhelmed by how joyous it was, with all of these kids feeling like they were able to have the fun that you would have at a camp.”
Guests in attendance at the event included Minister for Health Simon Harris.
Former Irish rugby international Gordon D’Arcy, RTE Presenter Brenda Donohue, and Irish designer Laura Jayne Halton also attended.
The children’s charity has helped over 50,000 seriously ill children and their families since it was established in 1994. They must raise €5.8 million annually to run its services, which are free of charge to seriously ill children and their families.
Barretstown’s ‘Press Play’ campaign aims to raise an additional €1 million a year for the next five years so that every child with a serious illness in Ireland will be able to access their services.
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