Welcome to this week's special charities issue ofDublin Chamber Weekly. We are proud to highlight our member charities. Please take a moment to read about the fantastic work they are doing and consider donating to them.
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“Without Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, I would probably be dead. I would have probably taken the wrong tablets or just given up.”
31-year-old brain injury survivor Stephen bravely shares his story to demonstrate the importance of access to neurorehabilitation; and how donations this Christmas can empower brain injury survivors to rebuild their lives.
This Christmas, you can ensure that more brain injury survivors can receive the same life-changing support that Stephen has by sending a special donation.
Many of the families whom Barnardos support are barely managing to pay their bills and provide the basic daily essentials.
Unfortunately, the cost-of-living crisis is hurting many families in Ireland this winter.
Thousands of the most vulnerable children in our country desperately need your support. Will you donate today and help make sure families in need are fed and warm this winter?
Children are living in cold, damp homes and struggling to get the sleep they need to concentrate on their school work. Many are simply going hungry – their young bodies having to go without a good hot meal to nourish them.
For the Children’s Health Foundation, Christmas is a special time of year. Children suddenly transform into little angels – minding their p’s and q’s, finishing their dinner and going to bed on time. However, once December 25th passes, it’s back to pulling crackers and hair, ripping wrapping paper and wallpaper and just generally being cheeky little elves. We find that a lot of parents whose children spend some time in Children’s Health Ireland at Crumlin, Temple Street, Tallaght and Connolly cherish these little moments of mischief.
There’s something so special about seeing a child who has been through so much, with a beaming, mischievous grin stretching from ear to ear. That was the experience of Izzy’s parents, Emma and Dan. Izzy was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at six weeks old. Izzy’s mum Emma has told us of the incredible support from all the staff in Children’s Health Ireland at Crumlin.
Head to here to find out how you can support sick children this Christmas.
GOAL’s ‘Far From Home’ Christmas Appeal supports some of the most vulnerable communities around the world this Christmas, including those displaced by conflict and the devastating impact of climate change. In East Africa, relentless heat has dried up wells and rivers. Crops have vanished - and swarms of desert locusts have devoured what little manages to grow.
With your support, GOAL can be there for families in need. Your support means people with absolutely nothing can survive far from home. With your support GOAL teams can continue to provide hope to families in the world's poorest communities, delivering water, food and medical support.
The Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation hopes to raise €1 million through its Christmas Appeal to support children with highly complex and life-limiting medical conditions to stay at home, in their community, where they belong.
This nationwide Irish charity funds and provides vital in-home nursing care and respite support for over 400 children with severe to profound neurodevelopmental delay, up to the age of 6. They also provide end-of-life care for all children up to the age of 6, irrespective of diagnosis, and have supported over 2,800 families since it was founded by Jonathan Irwin and Mary Ann O’Brien 25 years ago.
Shop the Jack and Jill Home for Christmas Gift Collection now here.
Imagine being told “you have cancer”. Every year almost 46,000 men and women across Ireland hear those words and start their own frightening, challenging and often lonely cancer journey. And for the last 24 years the Marie Keating Foundation has been there at every step of that journey for thousands of people with cancer.
Someone diagnosed with cancer will face additional and unexpected costs of up to €1,000 a month, all at a time when they are forced to reduce their working hours or stop work due to their cancer diagnosis. The additional financial burden covers incurred expenses such as travel to vital treatment and increased heating bills because of their chemo. This means that many people are forced to worry about paying bills instead of focussing on getting through their treatment and recovery. This is simply wrong.
As Christmas approaches, NCBI is once again running its Tree of Light campaign and your support this year would be greatly appreciated. Share the light of the season with someone living in the darkness of a vision impairment.
Someone like Joe in Wexford. He was 34 when his life changed forever. His right eye began haemorrhaging and his vision began deteriorating rapidly. It wasn’t just a problem with one eye. Six weeks later — on his birthday — he could no longer see his own hands or feet. “I had major denial at the start,” Joe remembers. “I just kept saying that it wasn’t true.” He didn’t even want to reach out for help. But with his vision so seriously impaired, Joe could no longer undertake simple daily tasks.
This Christmas Peter McVerry Trust is working across Ireland to support and care for people in need. Already in 2022, the charity has helped over 10,000 vulnerable people in towns and cities in nearly every county in Ireland. With the support of corporate partners and the public, the charity will continue to respond with practical, dignified responses to the needs of people accessing their services each and every day.
During this difficult winter period, Peter McVerry Trust will help those in need in any way they can. Helping people to secure that all important new home. Supporting families to deal with the cost-of-living. Ensuring their tenants have the supports they need to manage their bills and avoid fuel poverty. Or simply providing people with the advice and information they need to avoid falling into homelessness in the first place.
To support Peter McVerry Trust this Christmas, visit here.
Special Olympics Ambassador and Irish former soccer player Niall Quinn is calling on people from across Ireland to “Get Freezin’ For A Reason” by taking part and raising much needed funds to support Special Olympics Ireland’s clubs and athletes.
Get Freezin for a Reason this December! Special Olympics Ireland has been running the Annual Polar Plunge for 20 years in collaboration with theLaw Enforcement Torch Runto raise funds to support Special Olympics athletes in communities across the country.
For more information or to sign-up for a daring dip this December, visit here.
Consistent and intensive breast cancer research is vital in changing the landscape of the disease and Breast Cancer Ireland is appealing for additional funding to support their efforts this Christmas. Their beautifully designed Christmas Cards are now on sale. They come in packs of 6, feature three elegant designs and cost €15, including post and packaging.
In lieu of Christmas Cards, the charity also offer an online Donation Card. This card can be purchased in denominations of €20 to €100. The card is automatically sent to a nominated email address.
To purchase Breast Cancer Ireland’s Christmas Cards, clickhereand to purchase their Donation Card, clickhere.
We know that the festive season is all about togetherness: the warmth and comfort of familiarity and love. But for families caring for a loved one with dementia, this vision of calm and connection can feel very far away.
This Christmas, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland has launched a special Day Care appeal featuring husband and wife, Tommy & Susan.
Tommy met his lovely wife Susan nearly 50 years ago – in a pub quiz. Since Susan got her dementia diagnosis six years ago, Tommy has been providing full-time, 24-hour care for her. He’s so sweet and doting. But he’s also absolutely exhausted. This is not an unusual story, there are thousands of people across Ireland in a similar situation. There are currently 64,000 people living with dementia in Ireland with another 30 diagnosed every day.
Special occasions offer an ideal opportunity to show your commitment to making the world a better place. This Christmas, rather than sending gifts to customers, choose to make a donation to UNICEF Ireland’s Donations instead of Gifts campaign, helping children and families affected by war in Ukraine. A donation provides children in Ukraine with winter clothes and is a sensible and sustainable alternative to expensive Christmas presents.
Simply donate the amount intended for your Christmas gifts to UNICEF. In return, your business will receive attractive campaign materials including web banners, social media and print assets. These campaign materials will show your employees, customers and business partners the commitment you’ve made to the children and families of Ukraine.
Building awareness builds understanding. Philanthropy is not always the easiest concept to convey an understanding of. While a direct translation of the word from its Greek origins provides a factual insight, examples of philanthropy in action serve to bring the concept to life making it very real for all engaging with it.
Philanthropy Ireland is a small not-for-profit dedicated to cultivating and supporting philanthropy, so we know that messaging with clarity and purpose is vitally important. While we are appreciative of many engaging in philanthropic giving – businesses, families, individuals – we are equally mindful that what is being achieved is not widely understood.