Read here all about the eight Charities that the ICB supported in 2016 and the amount raised:
Catholic Institute for Deaf People, Cork Counselling Services Ltd,
Daisyhouse Housing Association, Enable Ireland Co. Mayo, Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind, Mater Foundation, St John Ambulance – Castleknock, Third Age Ireland
CORK COUNSELLING SERVICES, CORK is seeking €15,000 for the Adolescent Positive Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Programme. This comes as a timely response to the most recent statistics which identify Ireland’s suicide rate amongst teenage girls as the highest in Europe and the suicide rate amongst teenage boys as the second highest in Europe. Cork City has the highest suicide rate in Ireland with levels more than 70% above the national average. The programme will incorporate a psycho-education prevention programme in schools across Cork City and County, support for parents and families in distress, and evidence-based resources for educators and schools.
DAISYHOUSE HOUSING ASSOCIATION, DUBLIN is seeking €11,657.00 for Daisyhouse Education & Skills Fund. This project will help establish an Education Fund that will be available to target groups of women, providing an opportunity for them to gain new skills and educational qualifications with the goal of moving away from homelessness into independent, sustainable living. Funding would cover tuition costs for various areas of study that would result in diplomas or certificates.
ENABLE IRELAND MAYO SERVICES, COUNTY MAYO is seeking €4,000 for Horse riding and Cycle camp for children with physical disabilities. Horse riding provides several benefits to those children, such as increasing balance and using muscles to improve strength of the body as a whole, which can compensate for lack of strength in other parts. Cycling can be an alternative to walking, and this camp will teach children how to ride a bicycle. Adaptive technology will be introduced to enable children to work on their balance, which will increase the confidence of children who have difficulties with walking.
CATHOLIC INSTITUTE FOR DEAF PEOPLE, DUBLIN is seeking €12,000 for the “After School Activity for Deaf Children Programme.” Due to cultural and linguistic barriers, deaf children can experience exclusion and marginalisation in community activities that are designed for the hearing population. Because the Deaf School residence does not have resources to develop after-school education activities, funding for this project will provide opportunities that will enhance the ability of these children to work as a team and develop discipline and knowledge through a programme that would be active on daily basis.
IRISH GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND, CORK is seeking €15,000 for The Assistance Dog Program For Children With Autism to purchase breeder dogs that could produce up to four litters, or up to 40 pups, which would then be trained to become Assistance Dogs. An Assistance Dog is the same breed, age and temperament as a Guide Dog and is trained especially to work with a child with autism and his or her family. Assistance Dogs work with children with autism, Asperger’s, and those on the autistic spectrum. These canine companions can help improve their lives forever.