Monday 13th February 2017

Blaas for Kids. Help us raise vital funds for Touching Hearts.

Blaas for Kids. Help us raise vital funds for Touching Hearts.

WLR’s Blaas for Kids is back for the sixth year, helping children in need in Waterford through The Déise's favourite food, the Blaa.

This year, WLR is teaming up with Touching Hearts, the charity behind the building of a new facility to replace the Sacred Heart Centre on Lady Lane, which looks after children from 0-18 years of age with additional needs. This new centre will be built on the grounds of St. Otterans in Waterford City. Although the project is backed by the HSE, the facility cannot be built without financial support and donations from the public, and the sooner we can raise the funds needed, the sooner these children will be able to get the care they deserve in an environment suitable for their needs.

To help us raise funds to put towards the building of this new facility, we're asking companies, businesses and orgnisations across Waterford to buy Blaas and make a donation of €5 per Blaa to Touching Hearts via Blaas For Kids. Pre-ordering has now finished, but you can still buy Blaas on Friday 7th April in the foyer of University Hospital Waterford, the mall in City Square Shopping Centre, WIT and Bank of Ireland on the Quay will have a limited amount for sale in their branch.

If you'd like to make a donation to the charity, you can click the Donate Now button below (and please reference Blaas for Kids in the donation form) or you can pay by cheque made out to 'Touching Hearts' and send to:

Blaas for Kids,


The Broadcast Centre, 



Our team of WLR staff and dedicated volunteers will then deliver the delicious Walsh's Bakehouse Blaas to your workplace on Friday, April 7. We'll also be selling Blaas at designated areas across Waterford City and County, so you can buy Blaas and make a donation on the day.

To keep with the theme of Valentine's Day, the day we launched the campaign, Dermot Dooley, parent of Darragh who attends the Sacred Heart Centre, and Derek McGrath, Waterford Senior Hurling Manager and friend of the Sacred Heart Centre, popped in to Ollie and Mary to talk about his son Darragh's additional needs and the fear he lives with for his son's life.

If you have any queries about the event, the charity, or the donation, please email and we'll be happy to answer any questions. 

For more details, tune in to WLR, LIKE Touching Hearts on Facebook here, and make a donation to the charity here

Thanks to our supporters, Walsh's Bakehouse, H&H Motors Renault and Evoke German Kitchens.

Headline picture taken by Noel Browne, includes Ollie and Mary, Derek McGrath, Waterford Senior Hurling manager,

Sacred Heart Day Care Centre staff, Leanne Jacob, Sandra O'Keeffe, Mary Lacey-Crowe, Shauna Carey and Caoimhe Barry, Dermot Dooley,father of Darragh

Dooley, who attends the centre and Artan Berisha, Christian Omokri and Matthew Wall who also attend the Sacred Heart Day Care Centre.