Offaly Down Syndrome receives €18,000 from the RTÉ Toy Show Appeal



Three Offaly charities have received between them the colossal sum of €30,000 from the RTÉ Toy Show Appeal and the Community Foundation for Ireland.

More than 1.1 million children and their families will benefit from donations raised during the 2021 Late Late Toy Show call. 154 charities are set to receive grants, up from 55 last year, and for the first time , at least one project in each county will benefit.

Several organizations in Offaly will benefit from the donations:

Clara Community and Family Resource Center CLG, which offers many thematic activities and programs to underprivileged children and families to support them in the daily challenges of life, will receive €5,000

The Foróige GYDP SUB project, which is a youth community improvement project through creativity and artistic mosaic, will receive €7,200

The Offaly Down Syndrome association, which offers respite to families whose child or children have Down syndrome, will receive €18,000

Offaly Down Syndrome Association Grants Administrator Ann Crombie said: ‘We would like to thank the Community Foundation for Ireland and the RTE Toy Show Appeal for this incredible contribution, but especially to the viewers of the RTE Late Late Toy Show , without whom none of this would be possible”.

The aim of this respite project is to give select families in Offaly the chance to enjoy a family break where they can bond and enjoy the fun and excitement of Center Parcs in Longford.

Robbie Donnelly, President of the Offaly Down Syndrome Association, said: “This fantastic opportunity doesn’t come along every day, and our families are going to be over the moon to have some much-needed respite in such an incredible place.

Denise Charlton, Chief Executive of the Community Foundation for Ireland, said: “Children, parents and incredible organizations are seeing the magic of the RTÉ Toy Show Appeal turn into life-changing actions for young people. From meeting basic needs, improving well-being, supporting creativity and playing, the generosity of viewers not only brings life-saving support, but also color and joy to children. , families and communities at large. Providing support and benefits to 1.1 million lives is an incredible achievement. It’s one every spectator in every county should be proud of.

The RTÉ Toy Show Appeal, in partnership with the Community Foundation for Ireland, today announced that the following four charities will receive transformative grants of over €300,000.

Exchange House Ireland in Limerick which promotes equal opportunities for travelers in health, education, training, housing and business nationwide.

Baboró ​​International Children’s Arts Festival in Galway that inspires all children, regardless of geographic, economic, physical, intellectual or cultural status, to engage in the creative arts.

Spraoi agus Spórt in Donegal which provides affordable and inclusive opportunities, activities and experiences for children, families, young people and adults.

Parents Plus, which develops and delivers evidence-based parenting, mental health and educational interventions for vulnerable families.

The rest of the donations will be split between 150 charities across the country, including well-known organizations such as the Jack and Jill Foundation, Barnardos, Family Carers Ireland, ISPCC, Irish Wheelchair Association, Children’s Books Ireland, ARC Cancer Support Services and The Oscar Kids in Ireland.

The RTÉ Toy Show Appeal is a fund designated to help a range of charities and children’s causes across Ireland, which will be managed on behalf of RTÉ by the Community Foundation for Ireland

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