TCH to sponsor writing contest

SCHOOLCHILDREN will have the chance to win a computer for their school, have their work published and meet some famous people, courtesy of Thomas Crosbie Holdings Ltd (TCH).

The company has announced it is sponsoring the Dear Grace National Letter Writing Competition, named after Grace Nolan who died at the age of nine from the blood disorder HHT.

A book featuring the 30 best letters selected by the judges will be published in December for the Christmas market.

The competition is open to pupils in fifth and sixth classes in primary schools across the Republic of Ireland and the winners will be announced at an Oscar-style ceremony in the Helix Theatre in Dublin next December.

Previous celebrities to attend the final and announce the winners include Dustin, Peter Kaye and Boyzone. Each entrant has the opportunity to win a computer for their school and a day at the final in the Helix for their class.

“TCH is very pleased to be able to support the Dear Grace Letter Writing Competition because it encourages children to write and to express their feelings on topics of their choice and it raises awareness of the blood disorder HHT,” TCH group managing director Anthony Dinan said.

Grace’s father, Mike Nolan said he was delighted that Thomas Crosbie Holdings are sponsoring the competition.

“Because of the support we are receiving from TCH we are able to generate much more coverage for the competition and the National HHT Centre at the Mercy Hospital in Cork,” Mr Nolan said.

Speaking at the sponsorship announcement Keith Duffy of Boyzone, who is patron of the Grace Nolan Foundation, said he was also delighted by TCH’s involvement.

“It is important to continue to educate people about HHT and its effects. I hope all the teachers encourage their students to write their letters and then send the letters into the Grace Nolan Foundation,” Keith said.

Thomas Crosbie Holdings Limited is Ireland’s premier media group and comprises 17 newspapers, electronic media and has shareholdings in a number of radio stations.


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