April’s charity month is for 3 amazing charities and are chosen by Ray, Cathal and Shane. We are donating 10% from EVERY new ad placed on DoneDeal during the month of April into the charity pot to be shared equally between:
The Jack & Jill Foundation
Ray chose the Jack & Jill Foundation. The Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation is a registered Irish children’s charity which provides home nursing care to children up to the age of 4 throughout Ireland who are born with or develop brain damage.
The Foundation was set up in 1997 by Jonathan Irwin and his wife, Senator Mary Ann O’Brien based on their own experience caring for their son Jack at home until he passed away in December 1997, aged 22 months. Over the past 16 years, Jack & Jill has supported 1,600 children who have brain damage and who suffer severe intellectual and physical trauma.
This nationwide service includes home visits and care, advice, information, lobbying and bereavement support. Jack & Jill requires €2.7 million per annum to operate this service and, with less than 20% coming from the State, the Foundation relies on fundraisers and public donations.
Cathal chose Console for his charity month. Console was established in 2002 by Paul Kelly after he had experienced the grief of losing a loved one by Suicide. Through his loss, Paul recognised a need for a dedicated Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention Service here in Ireland.
Since then Console has developed into a National Organisation supporting people in Suicidal Crisis and those Bereaved by Suicide through Professional Counselling, Support and Helpline Services. Console currently has Centres in Kildare, Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Athlone, Wexford, Mayo and Kerry. 24Hr Free Phone Helpline – 1800 201 890.
Heart Children Ireland
Shane picked Heart Children Ireland as his charity. Heart Children Ireland is a support group for parents and families of children with a Congenital Heart Disorder.
CHD is the most common of all birth defects affecting one in every one hundred children born at present. About half of all babies born with CHD will require heart operations.
Heart Children Ireland is a nationwide organisation with over 1,000 member families. They are a completely voluntary group and receive no government funding.
They currently run a nationwide Family Support Service and urgently need funds to continue this vital service.
They also purchase vital life saving equipment for the cardiac and congenital units of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, the Mater and Crumlin hospitals.