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Charity’s fundraiser hit by very bad weather

Saturday, 30th November, 2019 10:00am
Charity’s fundraiser hit by very bad weather

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s Kerri-Ann Warren at Northside Shopping Centre, Coolock last week with some of the Memory Ribbons. PHOTO: SAM BOAL/PHOTOCALL IRELAND

Charity’s fundraiser hit by very bad weather

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s Kerri-Ann Warren at Northside Shopping Centre, Coolock last week with some of the Memory Ribbons. PHOTO: SAM BOAL/PHOTOCALL IRELAND

THE Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s (ASI) annual nationwide Flag Day collection was badly affected by poor weather last week.

The Alzheimer Society is anticipating that due to heavy rain throughout the country last Thursday, November 21 its Alzheimer Memory Ribbon collections could be down 50 percent in some areas.

The ASI’s staff and volunteers were selling Memory Ribbons for €3 in cities, towns and villages across Ireland, but poor weather conditions meant that fundraising for vital dementia-specific services for the 55,000 people living dementia in Ireland was hurt badly.

Members of the public are now being advised to use the Text to Donate facility instead – text Memory to 50300 to donate €4.

The ASI is the national leader in advocating for and providing dementia-specific supports and services. It has a service in every county in Ireland.

The ASI receives approximately 58 percent funding from the HSE and needs to fundraise around €3.3 million every year just to keep its services going hence the importance of fundraising campaigns such as Memory Ribbon.

Alzheimer Society of Ireland chief executive Pat McLoughlin said: “Heavy and persistent rain has had a dire impact on street collections in particular with collections down an anticipated 50 percent in some areas.

“I’m afraid this is going to have a detrimental effect on our fundraising efforts that we badly need just to keep out services going.

“To ensure our services can keep running, people should please Text to Donate – text Memory to 50300 to donate €4.

“We are so grateful to the general public for the amazing support we received (on November 21) all over the country – people have been so generous.”

Mr McLoughlin said dementia has a devastating impact on families.

“Services like home care, day care and support groups help thousands of people to cope,” he said. “However, we (are) under-funded and the demand for services is increasing all the time, so fundraising campaigns like Memory Ribbon are so important to us.

“Every donation will go directly to help fund vital services, like our 51 day care centres around the country which provide specialist care for people with dementia or our home care service which provides trained dementia care workers for people in their own homes.”

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