Barnardos and Dell EMC Launch Local Volunteer Drive in Cork

18 Jul 2017 in Press Releases, Fundraising, Featured

Olympian and Barnardos Ambassador, Derval O’Rourke, today joined the children’s charity at Barnardos Brighter Futures Centre in Knocknaheeny to launch the local volunteer drive for Cork. The children’s charity, who currently works with more than 14,100 children and families across Ireland and has services for children and families across Cork, is calling on the local community to join them by volunteering at their National Collection day this September 15th - people can register here: 

By volunteering for just two hours the children’s charity estimates that you could contribute up to €100 to Barnardos – which would help them continue their vital services for children in your area. 

What: Barnardos National Collection Day, kindly supported by Dell EMC
When: Friday 15 September
Time: 8am - 9pm (any 2 hour shift) 

Locations in Cork include: 

  • Cork City Centre 
  • Ballincollig 
  • Bandon 
  • Bantry 
  • Blackpool 
  • Carrigaline 
  • Charleville 
  • Clonakilty 
  • Douglas 
  • Kinsale 
  • Mahon 
  • Macroom 
  • Mallow 
  • Midleton 
  • Mitchelstown 
  • Wilton 
  • Youghal 

To volunteer on Friday 15 September please call Mary Johnston on 01-7080418. For more information, email or visit  

Barnardos Ambassador and Mum Derval O’Rourke spoke at the launch: “I’m delighted to join Barnardos in their call for volunteers across Cork.  I’ve always been aware of the work Barnardos does but since I’ve had my own child the importance of their work has become much clearer to me.  Children are so vulnerable and deserve every chance to a strong start in life, so I’m delighted to work with Barnardos and would love to see the people of Cork get behind them on Friday 15 September”. 

Barnardos Director of Fundraising Mary Gamble said: “There are a number of ways you can join us on September 15th – shaking a collection bucket or doing a bag pack – each will make a real difference. Last year we saw the biggest turn out of volunteers in Cork ever, this year with your help we can make it the biggest year yet. Fundraising for children in your communities this National Collection Day will ensure Barnardos works with more children than ever before. This year we are thrilled to have our new partner Dell EMC on board.  Join us on September 15th to help a child in your community. People can register here:” 

Sarah O’Gorman, Barnardos Leader, Cork said: “We work across a wide range of areas to provide support to children and families in Cork.  Our early years’ service helps children as they prepare to start school, we support families in the areas of bereavement and parental separation – and we work with families to help them in day to day tasks. Giving your time on September 15th will help us continue to support children and families across Cork.” 

Bob Savage, Vice President, Centres of Excellence, and Site Leader Dell EMC Cork said: “The Dell EMC team admire the brilliant work that is done by the Barnardos team and we are proud to be partnering with such a great cause which has the wellbeing of children at its epicentre. Children are amongst the most vulnerable in our society. While the vast majority are loved and cherished, it is deeply upsetting when you learn of children who are living in difficult and challenging situations. The Barnardos team is helping to fill some of the gaps in those children’s lives through fundraisers like the National Collection Day in September and we are delighted to support and enable that work. Dell EMC employees across Limerick, Cork and Dublin will be supporting this great cause and volunteering on the 15th of September. Today we’re encouraging others to join us in supporting this great cause.” 

How you can help: