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Welcome to this week's special charities issue of Dublin 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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Acquired Brain Injury Ireland
 

“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.

 

To donate or support please click here.


“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 Survivor’s to rebuild their lives.

 

Stephen was a military man. His family was a military family and it was the only future he saw for himself. He was a member of the defence forces and his identity was Private Byrne. Not only was Stephen a Soldier, but he was also a father, a brother, a son. He was in his twenties and he was a fit and healthy young man. But a brain injury doesn't care how young, fit, or healthy we are. A brain injury doesn't discriminate. Stephen had a fall while on army duty and a CT scan revealed that his brain was bleeding and it was profoundly serious.

 

Stephen lost power in his arms and legs and began to fall when walking. He also developed incontinence and needed a tube through his stomach, connecting his bladder and a urine bag. Stephen's brain injury stole many precious moments of fatherhood from him as his daughter, Molly, was only a year old at the time. His injury also robbed his career as he was discharged from the defence forces on medical grounds. Private Byrne became Mister Byrne earlier this year. His brain injury changed the course of his life and it was a devastating blow to Stephen. Vital donations meant Acquired Brain Injury Ireland was able to support Stephen at the most challenging time of his life.

 
Stephen had someone and somewhere to turn to. Stephen was empowered to open up to his family, participate in groups for brain injury survivors and engage in one-to-one neurorehabilitation support.
It has been a hard road for Stephen to get to where he is today. And there were many times that he has thought about giving up. But because of vital donations, Stephen has had the support he needed to navigate this rough road.
 

Fifty-two people acquire a brain injury in Ireland every day. This means that many families like The Byrnes are going to experience brain injury throughout the festive season this year.

 

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.

 

Acquired Brain Injury Ireland is the country’s leading provider of community rehabilitation for those aged 18-65 years living with and recovering from an acquired brain injury.

At any one time, the national not-for-profit organisation delivers dedicated individual rehabilitation and support to over 1200 brain injury survivors and their families, to rebuild their lives.

 

To donate or support please click here.

 

 

 

Barnardos Child Poverty Crisis Appeal - 100 days to Raise €1million
 

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.

 

Click here to donate.


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.

As prices rise, few of us can escape the increased pressure on our budgets and finances, but some families are facing some very dire decisions indeed.

Many of those who were already struggling to cover the cost of food, heat and light must now choose between those essentials. Should they eat and suffer the cold? Or pay for some electricity and miss a couple of meals?

No family should be faced with those awful choices – but many are now having to make them on a daily basis.

The impact of the crisis on our country’s most vulnerable children cannot be overstated. And with Christmas just around the corner, it’s hard to imagine how utterly lacking in comfort and joy many families will be this festive season.

 

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.

 

A Barnardos survey during the year, with over 300 parents, found that 28% of families had already cut back on heating; and almost one in four had cut back on electricity.

Almost half of the families surveyed said they had gone without or radically cut down on heat, electricity, medicines and food.

And this was before energy prices went up yet again and before the worst of the winter weather could set in.

One of our frontline staff recently said “I can honestly say I have not seen deprivation like this since I was first working and early on in my career, back in the 1980s.”

 

 

This is why we are asking for your help with such urgency. 

A gift from your company will help make sure that families can afford to buy good food and pay for some heat and light this winter. Families all over Ireland will have you to thank when they can keep their children’s clothes clean and dry, and tick a couple of small treats off the lists for Christmas.

Your donation will also help our Family Support teams to provide both advice on budgeting and practical help to those in need – helping them build their confidence and resilience.

 

 

What a donation today can do:

  • €1,000 could help provide struggling families with the practical support and advice they need to navigate the crisis.
  • €2,500 could help protect children from being cold and hungry this winter.
  • €5,000 could help provide families who are having to choose between food and electricity with the essentials they need.

 

Other companies are seeing the effects of this crisis and are responding to ensure Barnardos can support those most in need. Will you join them, and donate?

 

Click here to donate

 

Children’s Health Foundation - Christmas Wishes
 

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.


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. “Honestly, I was so thankful to be at Crumlin during this period. As soon as they told us Izzy’s diagnosis, Prof. Cox reassured us that medical advances meant that she had a good chance of managing her illness. Crumlin became like a second home during that time. When we needed to be by Izzy’s side, there was a fold-out bed for us, as well as a special kitchen just for parents.”

 needed to be by Izzy’s side, there was a fold out bed for us, as well as a special kitchen just for parents.”

 

By buying a Christmas Wish, your company can help sick children get back to being children. Your support will help Children’s Health Ireland in providing compassionate and loving care to every sick child in their hospitals and urgent care centres this festive season.

 

Head to here to find out how you can support sick children this Christmas.

 

 

By buying a Christmas Wish, your company can help sick children get back to being children. Your support will help Children’s Health Ireland in providing compassionate and loving care to every sick child in their hospitals and urgent care centres this festive season.

 

Head to here to find out how you can support sick children this Christmas.

 

GOAL Far From Home Christmas Appeal: Help Families Fleeing Conflict 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.

 

To donate, click here.


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.

 

Support Families in Crisis this Christmas: Rawia’s Story

 

Across Sudan, tens of thousands of families have been forced to flee their homes. Families like Islam’s. Lawlessness and violence forced her to flee to Kassab refugee camp in North Darfur with her new born baby Rawia. After making the long journey, Islam was relieved to find safe haven. Unfortunately, this relief was shortlived.
 
GOAL teams immediately recognised that baby Rawia was severely malnourished. She was slipping in and out of consciousness. Clearly, fast action was needed. GOAL teams transferred baby Rawia and Islam to a local hospital, where she was placed on a special high calorie liquid diet.
 
We desperately hoped this would work. Islam prayed that Rawia would have the strength to fight back and grow strong. But it was too late. Tiny Rawia lost her brave battle in early September.
Sadly, Rawia’s tragic story is a familiar one in East Africa this Christmas. As climate change intensifies, crops fail and conflict rages, thousands of families need your support.

 

Please donate today and help deliver critical support to those in need this Christmas.

 

Jack and Jill Children's Foundation Christmas Appeal Supporting Sick Children Across Ireland
 

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.


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.

 

This Christmas, your business can give the gift of time to families cared for by Jack and Jill, with a Christmas donation or gift purchase translating into specialist home nursing care hours for local children and their families.

 

 

The Jack and Jill Home for Christmas Gift Collection

Shop the collection now here.

 

 

Find a Diamond Candle

 

A picture containing text, toiletry, perfume, skin creamDescription automatically generated‘Find a Diamond’ candles from renowned Irish fashion and interior designers Paul & William Costelloe, have been exclusively created for Jack and Jill with two new fragrances – Black Pomegranate or Spiced Mimosa and Orange. Each candle, produced by Celtic Candles, comes exquisitely presented with a special yuletide treasure of an elegant costume jewellery bracelet in either gold or silver. Every candle contains a beautiful piece of costume jewellery, however one lucky candle contains a real diamond solitaire. At €27.50 for one candle and €50 for two, this is literally the gift that keeps on giving. 

 

 

 

The Odlums Big Book of Baking

 

 

The Odlums Big Book of Baking is a collection of over 100 Odlums recipes. Beautifully presented, the limited edition, hardback book is packed full of recipes for every occasion. Retailing at €25, the Odlums Big Book of Baking is available online and in-store nationwide in Dunnes Stores, as well as on JackandJill.ie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Limited Edition Incognito Print 


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From the much-celebrated Incognito online art sale for Jack and Jill earlier this year featuring Martin Gale, Miriam Smithers, Susan Cairns, Alison Barry or Michelle Territt, you can now order limited-edition Incognito prints signed by the artist and priced at €50 each. The Christmas collection features 21 artists and prints to choose from, something to suit all styles and tastes!

 

 

 

 

 

Teacher Gift Cards

 

Teacher Gift CardsWondering what to get for your child’s teacher, mentor, carer or your childminder for Christmas? Jack and Jill Gift Cards which say, “It takes a big heart to take care of young minds” and that a special donation has been made in the recipient’s name to Jack and Jill, ensuring that sick children will be cared for in the comfort and heart of their home and community. Starting at €18, it’ll be a gold star for this Christmas!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jack and Jill Christmas Cards

 

This year the Jack and Jill Christmas cards, in partnership with Circle K, are exclusively designed, by Kildare-based artist Laura Dempsey aka Pickled Pom Pom. Each beautiful festive card is printed on carbon balanced paper and approved by the World Land Trust – the ideal sustainably-produced card that will adorn mantlepieces across the country this Christmas. Pack of 12 cards with 4 unique designs priced at €7 per pack.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jack and Jill Gift of Time Card

 

Graphical user interfaceDescription automatically generatedJack and Jill’s mission is to empower parents to care for their child at home, because there is no care like home care for a Jack and Jill child, especially at Christmas time. Starting at €18, donate now and gift a friend, family member, neighbour or client with a special Jack and Jill ‘Gift of Time’ card featuring art from the 2022 Incognito Art Collection – a precious gift of one, two, three or eight hours of home nursing care that will keep Jack and Jill children #HomeforChristmas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donate Now

 

It takes a village to raise a child and a whole county to raise and care for a Jack and Jill child. This Christmas, make a one-off donation or sign up as a monthly donor to support a Jack and Jill family in your local community. With over 400 children supported by Jack and Jill in communities across Ireland, now more than ever #SupportLocal and #DonateLocal matter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information, visit our website

Marie Keating Foundation
 

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.

 

Click here to donate.


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. After the death of their mother Marie, the Keating family wanted to ensure no one had to face cancer alone and they set up the Foundation to offer free support and care to men and women in towns, communities, schools, and businesses across Ireland. 

 

This Christmas, the Foundation needs to raise money for one of its most critical, but not necessarily known services.

 

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.

 

That is where the Marie Keating Foundation Comfort Fund could make a world of difference, to ease the burden of those who need it most. Theresa is a mother and at 51 she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

 

“I gave up work the very day I found out I had cancer. When I woke up from my surgery, I should have been focussed on my recovery but all I could think about was money. How am I going to pay my bills? I felt a pressure to go back to work, but I just couldn’t – it was extremely stressful. Finances were very tight.

I was at my wits end, so I contacted my medical social worker, Stacey. She applied to the Marie Keating Foundation’s Comfort Fund on my behalf, and I got the grant. It was a godsend, a huge relief I was so grateful and always will be to the Marie Keating Foundation for their support at that time when I really needed it.”

  

Theresa is one of many people every month who have received financial support from the Comfort Fund over the past number of years.

  

“We would like to thank you for the financial assistance from the Foundation.  This comes as a great help during this difficulty time my family are going through.  Thank you for all the great work you do.” – John

  

With the current cost of living crisis, 2022 has been a really difficult year for many, but those with a cancer diagnosis face even greater struggles and a donation to the Marie Keating Foundation could make the world of difference to them.

 

Click here to donate.

 

NCBI Tree of Light
 

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.

 

Send your details to treeoflight@ncbi.ie or alternatively donate anything you can here.


Dear friends,

 

A person wearing sunglassesDescription automatically generated with medium confidenceAs 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.

One day, he suffered a serious accident, cutting his foot. A nurse who cared for him made a crucial recommendation: Try NCBI. “NCBI was absolutely pivotal,” Joe says today, “in getting me to turn a corner to acceptance of my sight loss.” Yes, it was a hard time, he recalls, “but through their professionalism, it made the daily grind a bit easier.” Today, Joe is thriving and living independently.

 

Through NCBI, Joe — like so many others — started life over. “I had to reboot,” he says, “and relearn how to live. I found it very hard to do,” he recalls, “but the staff knew how to teach people with sight loss to adapt their home, feel confident getting about, or be competent using technology to full effect.” Soon Joe had joined a technology club. “I made some good friends!” he says with a smile. “The reception I got was very welcoming.  If you dig in and decide to take their guidance, they make life a lot easier.”

 

 

Your support today is critically important, because some 55,000 people in Ireland are blind or vision impaired, and the number is rising. Yet only 1 in 4 people with impaired vision are working.

Compared to the general population, people with a vision impairment have 60% less of a chance of being employed. You can help change this picture, by supporting campaigns like ‘Tree of Light’.

 

“The more the public knows what’s available,” Joe says, “the more people like me can get involved and get their independence back.”

 

When a child has been diagnosed with a condition that will compromise their vision … When a senior citizen finds that their eyesight is fading … When a young adult with a vision impairment is feeling alone in the world …

Your support of our ‘Tree of Light’ campaign will make a positive difference.

 

Through a generous gift, you will advocate for people with a vision impairment. You’ll offer proven-effective, practical programmes that equip and inspire both children and adults to navigate our “sighted world.” You’ll be helping someone recently diagnosed with a sight-loss condition who feels the world has closed in on them... someone who never imagined they’d find themselves in such a crisis... someone who is struggling to adapt and accept their new circumstances.

 

Thanks to you, NCBI will be able to meet with people who are blind or vision impaired personally, listen to their stories, assess the realities of their situations, and offer personal plans specifically for them:

• Do they need low-vision aids?

• Do they need orientation and mobility training?

• Do they need emotional or practical support to help them adjust?

• Do they need technology training and advice? Whatever their problems, you’ll help them find solutions.

 

 

Please be as generous as you can this Christmas and support our Tree of Light campaign.

Each bulb on our Tree of Light is €250.  

Your involvement will be celebrated on our Tree of Light on display to the public at NCBI Whitworth Road and online

 

Send your details to treeoflight@ncbi.ie or alternatively donate anything you can here.

 

Thank you and NCBI wishes you a very healthy and happy Christmas, full of warmth and love.

 

Yours sincerely,

NCBI Foundation Team

 

 

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Peter McVerry Trust Christmas Appeal 2022
 

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.

 


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.

 

By donating to Peter McVerry Trust’s annual Christmas appeal, your company can help provide the support people need right now in communities across the country. You can also support the charity through purchasing their Christmas Cards or securing a ticket to their Christmas Carol Concert taking place in St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Saturday 3 December.

 

To support Peter McVerry Trust this Christmas, visit here.

 

Special Olympics - Polar Plunge
 

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 the Law Enforcement Torch Run to 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


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 the Law Enforcement Torch Run to raise funds to support Special Olympics athletes in communities across the country.

 

Special Olympics are so excited to have four events returning this December, in addition to their popular virtual Polar Plunge challenge. Their long-term charity partner, Gala Retail, is kindly supporting the Polar Plunge once again to make it bigger and better than ever!

 

The Polar Plunge is open to all, whether you are a swimmer, pandemic dipper or just fancy a challenge or a fun festive event.

Everyone who donates or fundraises a minimum of €25 will receive a Polar Plunge T-shirt on the day.

 

For more information or to sign-up for a daring dip this December, visit here

Support Breast Cancer Ireland this Christmas
 

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, click here and to purchase their Donation Card, click 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.  

  • €20 can pay for petri dishes in the charity’s research centres to analyse and culture variations of cancer cells
  • €50 can help fund one hour with one of the charity’s Outreach Coordinators, who meet with women in the workplace to deliver Breast Health Programmes nationwide
  • €75 can contribute towards investment in pioneering fellowship and scholarship programmes, allowing for newer, more effective therapies
  • €100 can support world class research which requires a long term approach

 

To purchase Breast Cancer Ireland’s Christmas Cards, click here and to purchase their Donation Card, click here.

 

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland
 

What will you remember about this Christmas?

 

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.

 

To help someone like Tommy today, click here.


What will you remember about this Christmas?

 

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.

 

To help someone like Tommy today, click here.

 

You may know yourself how physically and emotionally demanding caregiving can be. And many elderly or vulnerable people like Tommy have their own health issues to contend with.

This Christmas, please consider supporting The Alzheimer Society, even a small gift could provide life-changing support to carers like Tommy, and the ones they love?

 

Here at The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, we rely on the generosity of the Irish public to provide support and care to people with dementia and their carers.  At Christmas time our service are even more vital, offering a life line to so many.  Thanks to our supporters Susan has been able to come into us at Day Care twice a week.

 

‘Every day, I see people walking out different to how they came in. A pep in their step, or a smile on their face. It’s remarkable, the difference a day can make.’ Mary Hickey, Day Centre Manager at The Alzheimer Society.

 

We know that the feelings of peace created by activities and socialisation at Day Care can provide incredible benefits to those living with dementia – even those rare moments of connection and recognition with loved ones. And it also gives family carers like Tommy precious hours to himself.

 

 

This Christmas, will you give one day of desperately needed care to someone in need?

  • €60 could provide 2 hours of Day Care in one of our centres around the country.
  • €250 could provide a full day of Day Care for someone with dementia.  Giving their carer a much needed day of respite and enabling their loved one with dementia to stay in their own home for as long as possible.  This truly is a exceptional gift at Christmas time.
  • €75 could pay for a Family Carer training course for someone like Tommy; caring for a loved one with dementia. 

 

It’s the kindness of ordinary people that get people in the door of our Day Care Centres. And it’s their kindness that creates the smiles we see when they walk back out.

 

Give the gift of calm this Christmas. 

 

Give one day of precious care, today.

 

If you are caring for a loved one with dementia, you are not alone. We are here if you need us.

National Helpline – 1800 341 341

Email – helpline@alzheimer.ie

Website – click here

 

 

Unicef - Donations instead of Gifts Winter Appeal 
 

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.  

 

Click here to donate.

 


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.  
 
Families of Ukraine have now endured over nine months of devastation and displacement since the war began. Winters in Ukraine are brutal, with biting winds, driving snow and freezing temperatures – sometimes as low as – 20°C. This Christmas, we encourage you to take part in our Donations instead of Gifts campaigns for the children and families of Ukraine and give children the chance for a warmer winter and a better future. 

Your help today cannot come at a better time for the children of Ukraine.  

 

 

Donations instead of Gifts: Get involved! 

  • €584 can provide 100 warm blankets to protect children and families against the bitter cold of winter in Ukraine  
  • €1,434.50 can provide ten winter kits each containing a thermal set, sweater, winter jacket, winter pants, woollen hat, socks and winter hat 
  • €3,000 helps three families (households) in a crisis to do what they believe is best for their children 

 

If you believe business to be a force for good chose our ‘Donations instead of Gifts’ campaigns. With your support, UNICEF will continue to fulfil our mission to save lives, protect children’s rights and wellbeing, and build better futures for people who have been forced to flee their homes in Ukraine.    

 

 

Click here to donate.

 

 

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Visual Mapping: A Powerful Tool for Messaging
 

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.

 

 


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.

 

Our challenge was to convey in simple terms the depth and diversity of philanthropy in Ireland. In conveying messages on what is being achieved we were certain in the belief that it would serve to deepen engagement with philanthropy. SmartSimple Cloud, through its mapping tool, is supporting us in reaching this goal. SmartSimple is a pioneer in cloud-based grant management software and working with them has allowed us to achieve our philanthropic goals.

    

In simple terms, the mapping tool provides a visual picture of how, where, and who is being supported by philanthropic giving. Observers of the map, which will be housed on here can click on a geo pin to learn about projects and communities funded by Philanthropy Ireland members. 

Why does this work so well for us? Apart from the simplicity of application and use, it provides key compelling information points on philanthropy, such as:

  • Place: We all identify with a place, whether it is our place of birth, where we are living, working, or other. Affinity with place runs deep and it is a powerful connector. The map enables this.
  • Motivation and cause: We all have our passions of interest. For whatever reason, whether through our life experiences, or those of people close to us, we develop our own motivations of interest in issues close to our hearts. The map highlights causes, their location, and the support provided.
  • Interest and knowledge: We are curious by nature and open to learning. If we know and understand what is happening, it may prompt further action, it may be a key influencer.

Ultimately, the map will provide a striking illustration of the transformational impact of philanthropy in Ireland as well as identifying further opportunities for philanthropic investment.

Directly or indirectly, we are all beneficiaries of philanthropy. The map generated by SmartSimple goes some way to test this claim by providing a simple workable tool to shine a light on where our members’ philanthropy is active (the service) and for whom (the beneficiaries).

 

For us, it is a beginning. We plan to populate this further, using the SmartSimple Cloud tool to bring inspiring stories of philanthropy to all communities and stakeholders throughout Ireland. We are very grateful to SmartSimple for this opportunity, demonstrating their own philanthropy through the provision of such support.