Meningitis Trust Toddle Waddle

Are you ready to waddle? The annual Toddle Waddle in aid of the Meningitis Trust will take place in creches and playschools during October this year. The Trust is one of the charities we support here at PuddleDucks and we’re delighted to do our bit in publicising the event. We will also enclose a Toddle Waddle brochure with all of the orders we send out over the next few weeks.

Here is the information and contact details on the event as detailed by the Meningitis Trust:

During the month of October, along with rugby hero Brian O’Driscoll, Ireland’s nation of toddlers will be out in force for the annual Meningitis Trust Toddle Waddle.  Register by logging on to www.meningitis-trust.ie, by emailing Monty@meningitis-trust.ie or you can call the Trust’s hotline on 01 2764269 to receive a registration pack.

Over 8,000 children along with their minders have waddled around their local areas in recent years and have raised over €400,000 in sponsorship. Every cent raised during Toddle Waddle month means that more families who are affected by this terrible disease can get the help they need from the Meningitis Trust including counselling and Community Nurse services.

Brian says “I am delighted to support the Meningitis Trust’s Toddle Waddle in 2010. Toddle Waddle is a fun way to get the message of meningitis out to parents and childcare staff and it raises funds for the vital work of the Meningitis Trust in education and support.”

Although meningitis can affect anyone, of any age, at any time, over half of the reported cases every year in Ireland happen to children under 5. Toddle Waddle was created to engage this age group and their parents, grandparents, playgroup teachers and childminders spreading awareness of the disease and its signs and symptoms, whilst at the same time raising funds to support the work of the Trust, Ireland’s meningitis support organisation

Around 250 to 300 cases of bacterial meningitis occur every year in Ireland and there are probably more than double that number of cases of viral meningitis. Children under 5 are regarded as a particularly at risk group and according to recent research, meningitis is the disease most feared by parents.

Register today for your Toddle Waddle and get those little ducklings quacking!

Go to: www.meningitis-trust.ie

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