Barnardos Launches National Volunteer Drive
Barnardos Ambassador Hector Ó hEochagáin today joined the children’s charity, along with employees from their official sponsor Dell EMC, to launch their volunteer drive across the country. The children’s charity, who currently works with more than 14,100 children and families across Ireland, is calling on local communities to join them by volunteering at their National Collection day this September 15 - people can register here: www.barnardos.ie/buckets
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)
Barnardos Ambassador Hector Ó hEochagáin spoke at the launch: “I’m delighted to join forces with Barnardos and call on communities across the country to step out en masse on September 15th and raise money for Barnardos. We urgently need volunteers for on-street collections and organised bag packs. By volunteering for just a few hours you can make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable children in your community and across the country.
For more information about what’s happening in your area, and how you can get involved call 017080418 or see www.barnardos.ie “
Emma Jane Nulty, Barnardos Project Leader said: “We work across a wide range of areas to provide support to children and families across Ireland. Our early years’ services help children as young as 3-5 years to be ready to start school through support in areas such as speech and language development, and social and emotional supports. Our family support services work with families across a broad range of areas including parenting programmes, breakfast clubs and support to families experiencing bereavement, addiction and those affected by the housing crisis. Giving your time on September 15th will help us continue to support children and families across Ireland.”
Denis Lucey, VP Dell EMC Services and Site Leader, Dell EMC Dublin 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.”
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 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: www.barnardos.ie/buckets”
How you can help:
To volunteer please call Barnardos on 01-7080418 or visit www.barnardos.ie/buckets.