Important information for obtaining rewards and prizes
Important information for obtaining rewards and prizes
Thank you so much to the 164 funders who contributed so generously to “The Storytellers’ New Gambit” which will provide creative support and bring smiles to children in hospital this spring.
We want to ensure that everyone gets their rewards. Please copy and paste this link and fill out your contact details on the form: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFMweFR2eGxWZm1VSEVmQ294dnU4cGc6MQ
(Please note that this form will only be accessed by the reward fairies at Helium). We will send a follow up email next week.
We are happy to announce the winners of the following prizes:
Robert Mulhall has won Leinster RFC's Rhapsody in Blue, the book that illustrates the journey to Leinster's 2011 Heineken Cup victory, signed by members of the squad.
Karl Carpenter has won a signed photograph of the ERC European Player of the Year 2011 Sean O’Brien in action.
Aine Lane has won a voucher worth €60 for the award-winning Zeba hairdressers in Dublin.
Further prize-winners will be announced at our storytelling evening in March.
The artists who will be delivering this project, Fiona Dowling and Eléonore Nicolas, are currently working with music technologist, Fionnuala Conway, on the design of the storytelling dress. We will keep you updated as the project unfolds and look forward to sharing pictures of the dress and the storytelling gifts for the children soon.
Leinster RFC Rhapsody in Blue signed by members of the squad up for raffle
We have two super prizes to help get us across the finishing line and bring creative support to children in hospital.
Leinster Rugby's "Rhapsody in Blue", a book that illustrates the journey to Leinster's 2011 Heineken Cup victory, is up for raffle, signed by members of the squad. We also have a signed photograph of Sean O'Brien, European Player of the Year 2011, in action on the field.
Winners will be notified on February 2nd.
Thanks to terrific support in the last few days of the campaign we are now 85% funded with 2 days left to reach our target. Spread the word and help turn 85% into 100%.
Thanks again and best wishes from all of us at Helium.
Winner Big Maggie theatre tickets … 6 days to reach our target
Winner Big Maggie theatre tickets ... 6 days to reach our target
Congratulations Art to Heart. You are the winner of 2 tickets for the Druid Production of Big Maggie by John B Keane at the Gaiety Theatre on Monday February 6th.
99 funders, 71% funded, 6 days to go … We have had amazing support over the last week so a big thank you to all our new funders! We still need to raise €1847 to bring creativity and joy to children in hospital. If we are not fully funded by February 1st we won’t receive any funding at all. One way you can help us is by sending on this email and the link to anyone you think might be interested in getting behind this project. Tweet the love, share on Facebook, have a natter … Let’s make it happen!
11 days left to make our dream for children in hospital come true
Thank you to the 71 contributors who have been so generous in helping to fund our project which will bring joy and respite to children in hospital. We are now 57% funded which is fantastic but with only 11 days to go we still need your help to get the word out about our campaign and get us across the finishing line. One of the things you can do to help us is to forward this update and the link to the project to people you think might be interested.
Eléonore and Fiona, the artists who will be collaborating with the children, want to fill you in a little more about what you can expect from your rewards. The Thank You card they’re designing will have a surprise inside it to warm the cockles of your heart. The storytelling evening will make you so cosy you’ll feel like you’ve just got into your pyjamas to listen to bedtime stories. When Eléonore staged her award-winning play “A Spoonful of Silence”, which centred on a story being told around a kitchen table, people told her afterwards that they were all stressed beforehand but that they didn't want to leave once the story ended.
Fiona explains the ‘oracle story’ reward: Nowadays, we often think that storytelling is for children. Not so long ago however and still today in different parts of the world, storytelling fulfilled a great function that went way beyond entertainment. People used to think that stories had special powers, among which the power to guide, to teach, to console, to enlighten, to give gentle advice ... There was the idea that a good storyteller would be able to feel what story you needed to hear at that particular point in time. Very humbly we would like to pay homage to this aspect of storytelling by inviting you to give us a life question, a situation, or a philosophical dilemma, that is important for you at the moment, and we propose to find in the corpus of folktales from Ireland and beyond, a story that addresses that very question. You can choose an 'oracle story' for yourself or for the person of your choice.
“The Storytellers’ New Gambit” aims, as one of our supporters so beautifully put it, to bring light to families’ dark days. Let’s make it happen!
Why is creative support important for children in hospital?
'The effects of hospitalization on children have been recorded to include fear, anxiety, stress, behaviour problems, regression, and harm to a child’s future development. Amongst the elements likely to cause stress is the alien environment.’ (Save the Children Fund)
Providing creative support for children in hospital not only brings joy, respite and relaxation, it can also enhance the recovery process. A case study from "The Puppet Portal Project," which visited over 800 children in 7 hospitals throughout Ireland in 2009 and 2010, highlights this point. Here is a brief outline of Brian’s story:
Brian was nine years old when he was referred to the National Referral Centre for Paediatric Neurosurgery in Beaumont Hospital with serious injuries. He was in a wheelchair because his mobility was temporarily impaired, he found it hard to speak and therefore, express his feelings verbally, his understanding of language was impaired and he was suffering from short-term memory loss. When Brian started taking part in the Puppet Portal sessions, the first puppet he created didn’t speak but it communicated with children in other hospitals via a video link by nodding and waving at their puppets. At Brian’s second session, he was given a clip-on microphone and when he could hear that his voice was louder he felt much more at home interacting with the other children on the web. As the sessions progressed and Brian’s mobility and speech improved, he started to create more stories for his puppets – one puppet lived under the sea, another puppet had superhuman powers and was able to fly. The puppet sessions animated his weekly routine and gave Brian an outlet through which he could communicate his feelings, his frustrations and, ultimately, his joy.
The link between "The Puppet Portal Project" and "The Storytellers’ New Gambit" is the medium of stories. Fiona and Eléonore will not only be collaborating with the children on stories, they will be leaving them storytelling props so that they can invent their own narratives. For those children in hospital for longer periods, the artists will be revisiting them to learn about the new stories the children have created and, utilising the storytelling dresses, to provide sound effects and music to go with these stories. A meaningful collaboration that values the child’s imagination is at the heart of this project.
Thank you to our 48 funders so far. We only have 18 days left to raise the €4,835 we still need. So, for those who do, tweet the word or let your Facebook friends know about the project. Non-virtual chat is good too. And let them know about the great prizes up for grabs - 2 tickets to "Big Maggie" at The Gaiety (thank you Druid!) and 2 tickets to Mary Black's Dublin concert (thank you Mary!). More prizes to follow...
You can learn more about Brian’s story @ http://helium.ie/downloads/ppp_summary.pdf
News, storytelling and another Q&A
Thank you to everyone who has helped to get the word out about our campaign by posting the video on your Facebook pages, spreading the word on social networking sites and, of course, through the gift of speech. We really appreciate this help because the way fundit.ie operates unless we meet our target of €6500 by February 1st we won’t get your contributions at all. We are currently 20% funded with 26 days to go so championing the campaign will give us a better chance of making our dream come true for children in hospital.
One of our funders had this question to ask: Can you tell us more about the gifts the children will receive?
Sure! The skirts of the storytellers’ costumes will have pockets filled with gifts created by the artists for the children. One type of gift will be a storytelling dice, enabling the children to develop new stories long after the artists’ visit is over. For the smaller ones, there will be a pop up card which the children can animate to tell a story, with elements that move in and out, like a miniature theatre. There will also be a resource on our website for parents so that they can either download stories Eléonore and Fiona have recorded for the children or print off stories to tell the children themselves. If you would like to hear Fiona and Eléonore in action telling children’s stories you can listen to the following podcasts:
http://snd.sc/tu9Q6E Martina the Cockroach, Fiona’s version of a Portuguese Folktale
http://bit.ly/zmyDSg Lastminutosis by Eléonore
Finally, we would like to share some good news. Helium has been nominated for the 2012 Mykidstime Charity of the Year: http://bit.ly/xcShCs
I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year,
All the best,
The Helium team
Q&A Session 2 - How many children and what happens after?
So, how many children in hospital will "The Storytellers’ New Gambit" reach over the 6 months? And what happens after the project comes to an end?
Helium’s Artist on Call programme in Temple Street Hospital and in Cork University Hospital in 2011 consisted of 6-month residencies that saw the artists collaborating with 201 children and their siblings, 168 parents, and 40 healthcare staff. The patients were aged from just a few weeks old up to 17 years old. “The Storytellers’ New Gambit” will similarly aim for quality of time with the children – visiting with groups of children on the wards but also on a one-to-one basis so that each participant has a chance to become fully involved. The artists will also be working with children who will be in rooms by themselves. How the performance project is delivered will depend on the needs of each individual child. For example, there may be children who are too unwell to immerse themselves in the storytelling and performance element of the project. However, these children might like to have their portrait drawn or their parents’ portraits drawn and Fiona will carry around her artist’s sketchbook in a large pocket of the storytelling costume for this very reason.
Edelle Nolan, the Arts Coordinator at Cork University Hospital, who worked with Helium on Scales & Tales, has said of the benefits of the Artist on Call programme, ‘Research has proven that positive memories during hospitalisation, especially for children who are in hospital frequently or for long periods, have long-ranging benefits into adulthood in terms of positive socialisation.’
By funding “The Storytellers’ New Gambit” you have helped to ensure the sustainability of this important work. We aim to tour “The Storytellers’ New Gambit” on the summer festival circuit, hence generating more income so that we can bring the project to regional hospitals around the country when the Dublin residency comes to an end. In this way, hundreds of children will be given a creative outlet during their hospital stay.
Helium has two other programmes that run in healthcare settings, the Artist in Residence programme in hospitals which has reached more than 800 children to date and the Community Health programme in public health centres. To learn more about the positive impact of Helium’s work you can read SpiralOrchard’s independent evaluation of The Puppet Portal Project online @ http://helium.ie/ppp_summary.html
Q&A Session #1
Our supporters have been asking us some questions. If you have any questions you’d like answered please email email@example.com
1. Have the artists worked in hospitals before?
Yes, Eléonore Nicolas and Fiona Dowling have extensive experience of working in hospitals.
Eléonore has been involved in the arts and health sector since 2007 when she began an internship in Tallaght Hospital, working with the elderly. She has collaborated with Helium on our Artist on Call programme for children in hospital since 2009, as a puppeteer and storyteller. In this programme, artists facilitate workshops or purpose-designed, site-specific performances that travel from bed to bed. Since the Artist on Call programme began in 2009, it has visited over 400 children and 500 parents, siblings and friends in 6 hospitals across Ireland. Eléonore is a successful artist in her own right and is the founder and artistic director of the theatre company Entre Les Mots (http://eleonorenicolas.yolasite.com/).
Fiona has worked with Helium on our Artist on Call programme since 2010. In 2011, she undertook residencies in Temple Street Children’s University Hospital, and in Cork University Hospital on a project called Scales & Tales with musician Caoimhe Conlon of MusicAlive. For Scales & Tales, Fiona and Caoimhe invited the children of the paediatric department together with parents, siblings and hospital staff to engage with musical instruments in making stories and characters come to life. The artists gave an interview to Cliff Wedgebury at CUH FM hospital radio in the autumn where they told stories and played music ... giving a lovely idea of what happened on the wards. You can listen to the podcast, view a Flickr slideshow of the project and find out more about what went on @ http://helium.ie/wordpress/index.php/scales-tales/
Fiona’s own artistic practice has seen her exhibiting or performing in the Ashford Gallery, RHA, Temple Bar Galleries and Studios, Hillsboro Fine Arts, Dublin; The Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork; and Droichead Art Centre, Drogheda. She was recently invited to tell stories at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris.
Thank you to everyone who has helped to fund us so far. We are now 10% funded and your generosity is much appreciated.
Mary Black has kindly sponsored 2 tickets for her upcoming Dublin concert
It's day #3 of our Fund it campaign and we are already 8% funded! Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far.
You will all be entered into our raffle for 2 tickets to Mary Black's concert at the Grand Canal Theatre in Dublin on May 13th 2012. Following Mary's 3 sold out concerts at the Olympia this year we are delighted that she is sponsoring "The Storytellers' New Gambit" for children in hospital.
You can learn more about Fiona Dowling who is collaborating with us on this project and view her artwork at http://www.fionadowling.com/
Eleonore Nicolas is also collaborating with us on this project. Eleonore is the founder of the exciting new theatre company, Entre Les Mots. Find out about her recent productions @ http://eleonorenicolas.yolasite.com/
Visit the blog of Fiona's and Eleonore's storytelling group here: http://story-o.blogspot.com/
Thanks again and best wishes,
The Helium team