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Help Bring the Luck of the Irish to Chinese Children!

All around the world today, people will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.  The Irish community literally spans the globe with nearly 80 million people claiming Irish descent!  Please join the spirit of those who helped make you the person you are today by reaching out across the world to help heal one of the fragile babies in our Heartbridge Pediatric Healing Unit.  Many fragile babies at Heartbridge are suffering through pneumonia, and many have been hospitalized.  It has been a long and difficult winter, and we still have babies battling for their little lives.  So in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we are holding a “Luck of the Irish” fundraiser from March 17-23!  We hope to bring the luck of the Irish to these Heartbridge babies to help raise funds for their continued nurture and care.

Historically, the Irish have moved to many lands to find a better life for themselves and their families. These men and women helped build and enrich the countries in which they settled. Large numbers settled in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Australia, Argentina, New Zealand, Mexico, South Africa, Brazil, states of the Caribbean and continental Europe.  Considering the population of the Island of Ireland in 2009 was just over 6 million, that is one big family celebrating around the world today!

This year, many landmark buildings such as the Sydney Opera House, the London Eye, Toronto’s CN tower and the Empire State Building will light up green as part of these worldwide celebrations.  The waters of the Chicago river, the San Antonio river in Texas and the fountains at the White House in Washington are all going to glow green too to honour this national day.  In Chinese culture, green is a color that represents the East and wood element. It is associated with healing, wisdom and health.  And health and healing are what Heartbridge is all about!

Please visit our “Make a Donation” page if you can help. May your good fortune and luck of the Irish guide you in filling a child’s pot of gold at the end of their rainbow…a chance at LIFE!

In hope,

Julie Flynn Coleman, Healing Homes Director and LWB Ireland Director

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