When we think about COVID-19 we think about the virus, its symptoms, the number of cases, the death rate, and how uncertain the future is right now. We worry about our nearest and dearest. Will they be safe? when will this all end?
The list of what to stress and worry about doesn’t seem to end. That is why this is a time where people of all ages, all backgrounds, and all abilities need more support than ever but unfortunately, our local charities fear they won’t be able to provide their services soon.
COVID-19 brought with it an end to parties, gatherings, eating out, going to the cinema, and much more.
For charities it has brought an end to coffee mornings, bake sales, sponsored runs, and bucket collections. These and many more are community fundraisers that charities heavily rely on.
According to an article in the Irish Examiner, the pandemic has left charitable organisations with a €445 million hole in their finances. And, just like you would in any other situation, these charities have had to learn how to adapt and I don’t mind saying it, some of them have done an amazing job.
Charities Learning To Adapt:
Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind:
The Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind would usually fundraise at church gates, retail collections, festivals, and fairs. However, with the pandemic, they have had to adapt to digital fundraisers such as the Pawesome Christmas. Where you would buy a cuddly dog toy and the money would support the training and development of their guide dogs.
The Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland:
Usually, the biggest fundraising event for them would be the Alzheimer’s Tea Day. This was typically a day where those in the community would gather together, drink tea, eat cake, take part in raffles and quizzes while raising money for their local Alzheimer’s Services.
Once again, adaptation was needed so we have seen their first virtual mini-marathon, the Alzheimer’s memory walk, and the memory ribbon which you can buy on their website. Not forgetting their new 2021 calendar that you can also purchase on their website.
The Irish Cancer Society:
We all know about Daffodil Day for the Irish Cancer Society. Many companies, schools, and communities would host coffee mornings to raise money. Others would have collections at gates and entryways where you would get a Daffodil pin in support of the charity.
With COVID-19, all of this has been canceled but the amazing people at the Irish Cancer Society have adapted their fundraising techniques to be able to raise money to support those that need them most. They have done this with their official Irish Cancer Society Face Masks that you can buy direct from their website.
If the charity you support is adapting to how they are now fundraising, let us know. We would be happy to add their information above. Charitable donations are the biggest form of income for our Irish Charities, please share this post and give what you can.
The only way to get through this Pandemic is together as a united front. Together we can and we will!
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