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Share A Dream - DreamLand Limerick

DreamLand Limerick, Ireland
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Bryan Jones

on 21 August 2014

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Transcript of Share A Dream - DreamLand Limerick

Sky is the limit

All children have a right to play
We are the 'Share A Dream Foundation',
and we want to fix this
Be a pilot
Be a prince or princess
We are also looking for volunteers.
Please email
dreams@shareadream.ie
to find out more or visit us at
www.shareadream.ie
Limerick
help us build the dream
Unfortunately, today in Ireland, there is a total lack of
inclusive
play opportunities available to disabled children to play
Mission
Bring a little magic into the lives of sick and disabled children all over Ireland.


Introducing
The Share A Dream Foundation has identified the real
need
for a purpose built
all inclusive
accessible indoor play centre
and its not just us who realise how important play is ->
22,000 dreams have come true so far
Share A Dream Foundation
Founded by Shay Kinsella in 1989


Be a firefighter
Meet a popstar
A place where Dreams come true...
Families see it...
Even the United Nations acknowledges it...
Research says it...
“Play is
essential to development
because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth. Play also offers an ideal opportunity for parents to engage fully with their children.”

- The
Importance of Play
in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bonds from
THE OFFICIAL JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS

Play is so important to optimal child development that it has been recognized by the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights as a right of every child.

According to the
UN Charter Article 31
on children’s rights, any child that has been denied or deprived the right to play has been deprived their childhood and this is wrong and discriminatory and must be put right.



but we have a solution...
...stay with us...
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It will be an all-purpose
inclusive
Indoor play ground
What is
A place where all children of all abilities can play
together
and create magical experiences
Overview
Located in Plassey Technology Park, Limerick, Ireland
Two Full time staff
Hundreds of volunteers
It will be designed to reflect a child’s idea of a
magical
place
A place where all children and families will feel
welcome
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or whatever
they imagine

Limerick
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We have started
We need your help to complete the Dream!
The Dream Machine
National Children of
Courage Awards
& Dream Ball
Family Breaks
“I think this centre is going to be amazing for the kids of Ireland. As a parent of a child with a progressive illness, I cannot stress how strongly I feel about this.
Just recently we tried to get a place in a summer camp for our son Billy and were shocked and frustrated that among the numerous camps being run in our town, our son was being
refused
in all of them!
We also have 2 daughters who are enrolled in camps for the summer so we now have to try to explain to Billy why he is
not included
. This is just one example of how our son feels
excluded
in play. This centre means that segregation would no longer exist. Billy and his sisters and friends
can play all together

safely
. So why are our kids with special needs
left on the sideline
when it comes to one of the most important aspects of development ‘play’? Why is it that if my son needs a wheelchair In the foreseeable future there is not a single playground in the country we can take him too?”

- Christine, mother of Billy, special needs child from Limerick.

http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/119/1/182.full
€1 million
€2 million
Share a Dream have committed this much so far
We need this much to
fund DreamLand
Organise a fundraising event
Join one of our fundraising events
Become a Sponsor -
Be a Corporate sponsor
Sponsor A Room or Sponsor a machine
Be an Individual sponsor
Sponsor a Brick at DreamLand
Donate materials - for example, building materials, paint, electrics etc.
Text SHARE to 50300 to make a €2 donation
Donate online or setup a Direct Debit
http://www.shareadream.ie
Lisha O’Sullivan
, Lecturer Early Childhood Studies and
Dr. Emer Ring
, Head of

Department of Reflective Pedagogy and Early Childhood Studies,

Mary Immaculate College, Limerick
will engage in a contemporaneous research project

in order to provide advice and support for DreamLand and to ensure that children’s

participation in, and benefit from, activities are optimised.
Five
event types
annually
Dreams come true
“All play parks are
not user friendly
when it comes to children with special needs and in wheelchairs.
There is
very little for them
to use or do there so all they can do is watch as their siblings run around having fun.
This is what it is like for Nicola, very hard on her I know. I would like Nicola to have a place to go to play where she could get
involved
in fun things that her brother is also playing.
A place where she
fits in
and her disability is not an issue. There is no such place like this at the moment and it is badly needed”

- Linda, mother of Nicola, special needs child from Limerick.

Unit 6, Park point, Dublin Rd. Limerick
And our dream is to have it ready for
Christmas 2014

We need your help to do it....
How can
you
help?
#DreamLandLimerick
The minister for
Children supports it...
Thank you for Listening
Dream Concert
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