Drogheda’s Irish Wheelchair Association branch asks for your help
As the COVID pandemic starts to drag into winter 2020, many charities’ reserves are severely depleted and in Drogheda, the Irish Wheelchair Association is appealing for support, as they have been forced to cancel their vital annual street collection. The difficult decision has been made to protect the health and safety of the public, its volunteers and the people it supports. In efforts to counter the damage to the service lack of funds could bring, the charity has launched an online appeal called ‘Without You, We’re Stuck’ and is asking people to make a donation through its website, www.iwa.ie.
Irish Wheelchair Association’s annual collection, which normally takes place across the country, raises €300,000 towards the charity’s work with people with physical disabilities. This is the first time in the collection’s 30-year history that it has been cancelled.
‘ The loss of this critical income is concerning at a time when our local fundraising events have already had to stop. We estimate that we will have lost almost €1 million in fundraising income nationally by the end of the year. Without this support, our services and the people we support, will be stuck,’ says Louise Cahill of the Irish Wheelchair Association in Co. Louth.
‘We rely entirely on the generosity of the public to fund our wheelchair accessible buses, which are a lifeline for connecting people who cannot access public transport, to our services. Our children’s sports clubs, driving school and many other services are also supported through local fundraising efforts,’
She reminds everyone that we are all in this together as we face this pandemic and they are committed to protecting public health and that of their members and volunteers. As they sadly cancel their street collection, they are asking people, if they can afford it, to make a donation at iwa.ie.
Irish Wheelchair Association is Ireland’s largest membership organisation for people with physical disabilities. It supports 4,000 people every week in every county of Ireland.
‘ This year is our 60th anniversary, and while we have had to postpone many plans, our frontline workers throughout Co. Louth have redoubled their efforts to ensure that nobody we support has been left alone and isolated throughout the crisis,’ adds Louise.
‘Our members in Co. Louth depend on our services, and as an organisation, we are working tirelessly to keep everyone we support connected to their communities.’
Even during the worst days of the lockdown, no one was left without support.
‘Our local community centres were turned into outreach services within hours of the lockdown being announced. Our assisted living team, which provides home support, has continued their essential work in people’s homes, with an emergency team of courageous frontline staff ready to work in full PPE with people who have to isolate,’ she adds.
‘Our services are needed now, more than ever. We would be incredibly grateful if people could remember Irish Wheelchair Association services in Co. Louth this week and make a donation through our website.
To support Irish Wheelchair Association’s ‘Without You, We’re Stuck’ appeal visit www.iwa.ie.
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