National Raffle 2019

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It’s difficult to put into words just how much of a difference your kind support makes. Without the funds raised by our national raffle, we would not be able to support and provide services to the 1 million adults and 1,200 children who are living with arthritis in Ireland.

This year there are wonderful prizes on offer, including a fantastic first cash prize of €2,000, a second prize of €1,000 and a third prize of €500!

If you would like to support our national raffle by selling tickets, please complete the online form at the end of this page. A book of tickets will be posted to you shortly – tickets are €3 each and there are just 25 tickets in a book. We will also send you a complimentary ticket, as a thank you gift, giving you the opportunity to be in with a chance of winning one of the top prizes.

We would be so grateful if you could do your best for us, whether it’s buying tickets yourself or selling them to friends and family. Please be assured every ticket you sell makes a difference.

Once you have sold your tickets, please return the completed stubs, money (cheques and postal orders made payable to Arthritis Ireland) to us in the FREEPOST envelope (provided in pack) by Thursday 12th December, so we can put your money to work immediately!

 You can also pay for your sold tickets by phone – call us on 01 661 8188 and pay by credit/debit card. The draw will take place on Tuesday 17th December; just in time for Christmas!

Your support will make a huge impact

for people like Zoe.

 Mammy, why do I have arthritis?”

There is no easy answer to that question, and especially when the little girl asking is not yet eight.

 For Zoe Lonergan, arthritis has been part of her life since 2013, when she was rushed to hospital crying and refusing to walk because her knees were in so much pain. A face rash, swollen eyes, soaring temperatures, and fists so swollen with fluid that they began to curl up confirmed the diagnosis of systemic juvenile arthritis. Zoe was just two years old.

 Because her condition is so severe, when she was four, Zoe underwent a bone marrow transplant in the UK to prevent the condition damaging her organs. Despite the enormous strain which this put on her tiny body, not least losing her hair, the procedure did not work.

 Zoe takes numerous medications, including daily steroids and receives immunosuppressive therapy, which has led to the development of osteoporosis. She has broken two bones already and has developed lesions in her shoulder bones. The treatment must continue however, as it would be catastrophic for Zoe if it were to cease and the pain would be unbearable.

 Despite her many and frequent visits to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin, Zoe’s parents, Natalie and Dave try to keep life as normal as possible for their brave little girl.

 Natalie says: “As a mother, it breaks my heart to see the other kids her age running around or climbing up hills or jumping on a bouncy castle at a party. Although Zoe cannot keep-up, she tries her best and is just happy when the kids come back to her.”

 The truth is that Zoe Lonergan is an extraordinary girl, who despite all her challenges thinks first of the other kids she meets in hospital and especially of her own little sister, Ali.

 Unfortunately, Zoe is one of 1,200 children and teens, under 16, who are living with juvenile idiopathic arthritis in Ireland. Kids who desperately need additional support and investment in paediatric rheumatology services.

 Good luck in the draw... and once again, on behalf of everyone at Arthritis Ireland, we are so grateful of your support.

Grainne O’Leary,

Chief Executive 

 

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