Supported Charity Projects
This page contains each of charities projects which are each valued at €10,000. Before you buy your next packet of sweets or cigarettes or even head down to your local for a drink then just remember this. For giving €2.00, you can help buy goods and services for our Irish National charities, all in one go!!
Your money is not wasted on administration overheads costs or anything other than going directly to the charities that need your support. Text or go on-line today and help our charities reach their target
HELP US TRAIN 340 ELDERLY PEOPLE TO USE THE INTERNET & MOBILE PHONES
Today more than ever before Irish people are suffering from isolation and turn to Age Action looking for support. Sean, one of our Silver Surfers who is 98, his family have all immigrated. He lives alone, and does not have many people calling to his house. He is not as mobile as he used to be as he no longer drives and walking causes him pain. Sean was very lonely and felt isolated! Sean came to one of our Getting Started Classes and was introduced to computers and the internet. He took to it like a duck to water. Now Sean is in weekly contact with his children, Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren who are based in Australia and America. He gets to see his children every week, something he never thought he would do again. Clio his little 5 year old Great Granddaughter did her ballet for him last week on Skype, they are great friends!
HELP US PROVIDE 500 HOURS EMERGENCY RESPITE FOR PEOPLE IN THEIR OWN HOME
While we provide in-home respite for carers in regular on-going need of a weekly break to prevent carer burn-out (these allocated hours must be carefully managed) we are also asked on short notice for help when a carer is in immediate need of respite on a short-term basis, where there’s nobody else to step in. We’d like to help on a short-term basis when families first bring patients home from hospital, to help them manage transition and become accustomed to caring for their loved-one at home.We are also often asked for help when a carer is in immediate need of respite on a short-term basis to visit their doctor, have surgery, take a training course in home-care, attend to family needs, or other important issues.
HELP US PROVIDE WORKSHOPS TO PARENTS OF DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING CHILDREN
Last year, DeafHear ran a pilot series of workshops for parents of Deaf and Hard of Hearing children. The workshops which were held regionally provided parents with information on key issues and they also gave them the opportunity to meet with other parents. DeafHear would like to run these workshops throughout the year with money raised through Charity 25
HELP US PROVIDE FREE SUMMER CAMPS FOR 3500 CHILDREN WITH PHYSICAL DISABILITIES
Enable Ireland run a number of initiatives, Summer Camps, weekends away for teenagers, a Children’s Christmas Party, play mornings and parents plus mornings to mention just a few. However, in the current climate of funding cuts, we are really struggling to meet the costs of running these activities. With your help we would love to develop these initiatives. Ideally we would love to establish a number of programmes within our services, including a Sports Programme, Art Therapy and Respite Activity Weekends and Camps.
HELP US PURCHASE A NEW CT MACHINE FOR HTT SCREENING
The Grace Nolan Foundation want to establish & fund The National HHT Screening and Treatment Centre in Ireland with the assistance of the said medical personnel and for the common good of the Irish public, and to fund a Patient Co-Ordinator and equipment for this centre on a continual basis (opened January 2003 at the University Mercy Hospital Cork). The hospital requires a new CT machine which will be used by the HHT centre as well as other uses within the radiology dept. for other illnesses. For HHT sufferers it helps in the screening and diagnosis for AVM's in the lungs. The newer the machine the more detail they can find on the size and location of the AVMS which are life threatening.
HELP US PROVIDE MENTAL WELL-BEING COURSEE THAT WILL HELP 3000 PEOPLE WITH THEIR WELL-BEING AND SUICIDE PREVENTION
We at Grow operate 4 week courses around the country for the general public tailored to meet the requirements of those aged between 18 and 25 years, and older. We deliver programme specifically to people dealing with issues that affect them directly. We have run a number of the programmes throughout the country and on average we have had 30 people per programme. All money received from Charity 25 will go to funding these projects.
HELP US DEVELOP AND PROVIDE 10,000 CARERS AND THEIR FAMILES WITH GUIDE BOOKS TO FAMILES AFFECTED BY BRAIN INJURY
Headway wants development Information Pack sfor families, professionals and people with acquired brain injury. Despite huge identified need in relation to head injuries there is still much confusion in relation to brain injury, which is an often hidden and complex condition that affects an estimated 13, 000 families in Ireland every year. Our project will address some essential needs through the provision of a new Information resource, comprising a folder containing a carer and family guidebook and information sheets on various topics associated with brain injury. The guide will provide information about brain injury, some of the common consequences of brain injury and offer practical tips and strategies for coping with the longer term consequences.
HELP US RAISE MONEY TO PURCHASE "QUICKIE SALSA M POWER WHEELCHAIRS FOR PEOPLE WITH MDN
Motor Neurone Disease is an incurable debilitating condition leaving people unable to do the everyday things the rest of us take for granted; walking may become virtually impossible. We would use the money raised through Charity 25 to purchase a Quickie Salsa M Power Wheelchairthis for people with MND who has been assessed by an Occupational Therapist and they have deemed this the most appropriate wheelchair for them giving how they are affected by the disease.
HELP US PROVIDE NIGHT TIME NURSE CARE FOR PEOPLE IN THEIR HOMES
The “Nurses for Night Care Service” means that patients with conditions other than cancer can access a night nursing service which allows them to remain at home during their last days and in some cases facilitates their choice to die at home. Night time can be a vulnerable time for patients and families, with few services available to them. This service maintains the continuity of care that the patient has experienced during the day, supported by the palliative home care team and surrounded by family. For many years there has been a high quality and responsive night nursing service in place for people with cancer, provided by the Irish Cancer Society. They generously allow us to access their highly trained network of nurses to provide the same service to patients with illnesses other than cancer who are being cared for at home during their last days.
HELP US KIT OUT 100 GUIDE DOG PUPPIES WITH A LEAD, COLLARS, JACKETS AND GROOMING
We rely on the generosity of the public for over 85% of our income, this is primarily received through voluntary donations and fundraising. It will cost over €4.2 million to run our organisation this year. From the outset, the organisation was based on the principle of making our services available to all: we do not charge for any of our services or for the lifetime of support provided to clients. We are delighted to be a part of Charity 25, the money raised will go toward equipment for our puppies in training. Each of our dogs spends approximately a year with a ‘puppy walker’ (a volunteer who takes the dog into their home and is a vital part of each dogs training). Dogs need the following to complete and assist them in their first year; lead, collar, jacket and grooming equipment this costs over €100 per pup.
HELP US TRAIN 15 NEW VOLUNTEERS TO WORK WITH VULENRABLE CHILDREN
The ISPCC want to train 15 new volunteers to work with 15 vulnerable children around Ireland through the ISPCC Mentoring Support Programme. Each child that is engaged with the Mentoring Support Programme requires to be paired with an ISPCC volunteer mentor. An ISPCC Mentor must complete the ISPCC Volunteer Training Programme. The Training Programme is 16 sessions in length and takes place over 8 weeks, 2 evenings per week. Each volunteer is individually interviewed and Garda vetted prior to taking up service with the ISPCC Mentoring Programme.
HELP US GRANT WISHES FOR CHILDREN WITH LIFE THREATENING MEDICAL CONDITIONS
Make-A-Wish, Ireland has one simple aim - to grant the wishes of children aged between 3 and 17 years living with a life-threatening medical condition. A wish granted is true magic for the child providing respite from their normal routines of hospitals, doctors and treatment.Since its inception in 1992, Make-A-Wish in Ireland has granted wishes for over 1,300 special children and helped them realise their greatest wish and experienced the hope, strength and joy each wish provides. Almost one wish application is being added to our waiting list each day. There has also been a huge increase in the number of rush wishes (where the child’s life expectancy is less 12 months) we receive each month.
HELP US COMPUTERISE OUR NATIONAL AND LOCAL OFFICES ALLOWING US TO BE MORE EFFICENT IN PROVIDING HELP TO OUR MEMBERS
MDI badly need new computers for the MDI offices nationwide and the MDI House and National Resource Centre for Muscular Dystrophy and Allied Muscular Conditions in Chapelizod, Dublin. The computers will be used to improve efficiency of the administration service and will be available to members to use for education and work related areas
HELP US PURCHASE 2 "TILT" IN SHOWER CHAIRS FOR OUR REST BITE CENTRES
The MS Care Centre, located in Rathgar, is a long established place of rest, relaxation and dedicated professional services and therapies for those living with MS. The Centre is a ‘home away from home’ encouraging the person with MS to take some time out and allowing the family and/or carers to take to break. Respite allows the person to access services not often available in their own community. The Centre Offers short-term respite care to 450 adults each year, offering therapeutic services and neurological assessments to people with Multiple Sclerosis, and other neurological conditions from all counties of Ireland. Respite is an essential part of lifes journey for a pwMS and their families.We urgently need 2 buy 2 “Tilt in” Shower chairs for the centre and money donated by Charity 25 will help us do this
HELP US PRODUCE A DVD TO HELP DIAGNOSE MYASTHENIA GRAVIS
The Myasthenia Gravis Association requires funding for the production of a Medical DVD to help medical professionals to diagnose and treat MG patients and our information pack which is supplied to newly diagnosed MG patients. Also, a multi-function colour photocopier. This would enable us to get small print runs done from the office, keeping people in touch with vital information or printing posters for smaller events. MGA is a small charity supporting over 500 members and trying to reach out to so many more that are not aware of our association and the support we can provide. All funds given to us by Charity 25 will go to this project only
HELP US BUY A BUS FOR OUR MEMBERS LIVING IN THE RURAL COMMUNITY
The Third Age bus is of vital importance to our members and is used by over 1,100people annually. The members of Third Age are older people aged 60-90 living in mainly rural areas. Their membership of Third Age and their involvement in our many activities helps them to stay engaged and connected with life. Many members are part of our volunteer corps. Working as volunteers on our national, regional and local programmes adds immeasurably to their sense of satisfaction and self-worth, and the programmes they contribute to benefit the communities they live in. YAll money given to us by Charity 25 will go towards us purchasing a new bus for people who rely on our services
HELP THE VARIETY CLUB OF IRELAND BUY A WHEELCHAIR SWING
A Variety ‘Liberty’ Swing, is a swing that a child or young adult in a wheelchair can go on without having to be lifted out of their chair. It is Variety Ireland’s ambition to put one in every County in Ireland and the Variety Crew (who are all volunteers) will continue to work hard to fulfil this dream. Each one costs Є15k. The award-winning, world's safest and most recognised swing for children and adults in wheelchairs is both therapeutic and fun! . All funds given to Variety Ireland will go to purchasing one of these swings
HELP US PURCHASE 26 IPADS FOR A CHILD IN EACH COUNTY IN THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Irish Autism Action provides essential services and help to families and people dealing with Autism, right across Ireland. Early diagnoses and intervention is essential when dealing with Autism. It has been proven that IPads are an excellent communication tool for children with Autism and we plan to purchase and provide an IPads for a child in every county in the Republic of Ireland from the money we receive from Charity 25.
HELP US PURCHASE 20 SPORTS WHEEL CHAIRS FOR SPORTS DEVELOPMENT FOR OUR MEMBERS
As another part of the Schools Inclusive Programme IWA Sport and Youth development teams present Inclusiveness and Disability Awareness Programmes in schools. These comprise presentations and discussions on disability issues and the facilitation of wheelchair basketball or rugby matches for all students. The programme - piloted in the North East of the country - has been an overwhelming success, with many schools now organising repeat wheelchair games in which students of all abilities can compete against each. And these games are extremely competitive. IWA wants to expand the programme so schools in all parts of the country can organise Wheelchair sporting events. The Schools Inclusive Programme is an exciting way to give young people with disabilities greater access to sporting and social activities while also heightening awareness of disability issues amongst all students who participate. Irish Wheelchair Association needs sports wheelchairs to achieve this. To roll out the programme to our four other regions we need 40 sports wheelchairs (10 per region). These wheelchairs will be used by our development teams in their programmes and will be made available to schools and students organising their own wheelchair basketball or rugby events.
HELP US PROVIDE A FULL-TIME NURSE TO SUPPORT CHIDREN AND PARENTS ON NATIONAL BASIS
DEBRA want to employ a nurse to visit the 300 families in their homes. The nurse will cost €52,000 PA and the €10,000 will go directly against this cost. It is part of a programme to give families more support in the home (EB Community Together Programme) and hence ease the burden on parents living with a sick child. The nurse roll will be to assess the needs of the family and in conjunction with the medical team in Our Lady’s Children Hospital and St James Hospital in order to build greater support. For example, the most difficult part of EB is the bandage changes and this can take up to 3 hours every second day. It is very painful for the child and the psychological impact on the parent / child relationship can be considerable. The €10,000 would go towards giving the parents the option to get this done by professional medically trained support worker.
HELP US TRAIN 100 COUNSELLING VOLUNTEERS
Samaritans Ireland need help in training 100 volunteers who attend festivals, concerts and events all over Ireland offering 24 hour emotional support on –site. Festival allows us to reach people who may be struggling to cope in all sorts of ways. Samaritans is proactive in bringing our services to people – we realise there can be a stigma to accessing services and when you are feeling down it can really difficult to ask for help. By being available at these events around Ireland we can make it easier to take the first step to support. Festival operates between May and September and costs about €10,000 a year to fund. We attend all sorts of events ranging from the Electric Picnic and the Teen Aware Concert to the North West 200 and the Tullamore Agricultural Show. All funds given to us by Charity 25 will go to this project
HELP US PROVIDE MEALS FOR 6 MONTHS FOR VISITORS TO OUR OPEN ACCESS DAY CARE CENTRE
In 1983 Fr Peter McVerry SJ set up a charity, The Arrupe Society, to help homeless youths in Dublin. The charity was renamed the Peter McVerry Trust in 2005. The mission of Peter McVerry Trust is to reduce homelessness and the harm caused by drug misuse and social disadvantagethrough its provision of housing and support services. Services include: open access centre, streets to home support, supported temporary accommodation, stabilisation service, residential drug detox, residential drug-free aftercare service, housing with supports and under 18s residential services. This support helps individuals to move out of homelessness and towards independent living and integration into the community. The Open Access Centre began as the office of Fr Peter McVerry in 1982, and quickly developed into a drop-in centre offering support, advice and advocacy for young homeless people. It is the first point of contact for many young homeless people with PMVT. The centre helps to prevent a person experiencing isolation, which in turn can exacerbate problems associated with homelessness, such as substance misuse, crime or mental illness. Approximately 35 people use the service daily and have their basic needs met, such as a hot meal, shower facilities, washing or place to store belongings whilst health and legal clinics are also provided on a regular basis
HELP MRS BROWN PROVIDE 200 CHRISTMAS DINNERS TO FAMILIES SUFFERING FINANICAL DIFFICULTIES THIS CHRISTMAS
Every year our patron Mrs Brown supplies Christmas Dinners to people who through no fault of their own , struggle to put a Christmas dinner on their table for their children and themselves. Mrs Brown AKA Brendan O’Carroll believes that every Christmas Day should be special and this is why he has committed to feeding 200 families from money raised from the Mrs Brown Christmas Appeal, raised by Charity 25. It’s one day of the year when families should all be together so let’s make it special.
HELP US EXPAND OUR NATIONAL CALL CENTRE AND RECRUIT AND TRAIN AN EXTRA 20 VOLUNTEERS TO MAN OUR HELPLINE
Teen-Line Ireland is a national free-phone service open every day of the week from 7pm to 10pm. That allows people chat to someone who will really listen to you? Teen-Line Ireland operates a helpline for young adults... a number you can dial when no-one else will listen or maybe you just don't want to talk to someone who knows you.With depression at an all-time high in Ireland, Teen-Line wants to expand its national operations Centre and recruit and train 20 volunteers so they will be on hand to listen to young people’s problems which in turn can save lives.
HELP RAISE MONEY FOR OUR NATIONAL DOWN SYNDROME SUPPORT CENTRE
Our next challenge is to witness the establishment of a physican "National Down Syndrome Centre".This ambitious project will allow us coordinate, develop and focus on the expansion of our work. We see a flagship facility, a "Centre of Excellence", providing the necessary infrastructure and services for a broader community and for future generations yet to come. We want to move the focus from "needs" to "abilities", and harness those abilities.We have started the Journey, we now invite you to join and support our mission and "Share the Journey" with us.