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Charities rallying together

FOUR Ennis-based charities will share the funds raised through the Rallying Together 4 Clare Charities fundraising campaign.

Lynda Craven, Clare Haven Services; Mary Corey, Cuan An Chlair; Ann Norton, Clare Crusaders; Seán Pender, Rallying Together and Patricia O’Meara from Home Share Clare with Kevin O’Halloran, Clare Crusaders, at the launch of Rallying Together 4 Clare Charities, a seven-week fundraising initiative commencing on March 15. Photograph by Declan Monaghan Kilmurry Ibrickane man Seán Pender came up with the idea to encourage Clare people to organise fundraising activities to help the Clare Crusaders, Clare Haven Services, Cuan an Chláir and Home Share Clare in a Rallying Together 4 Clare Charities initiative.
Seán saw an opportunity to fundraise for a group of leading Clare-based charities through a concerted, short-burst fundraising campaign. All proceeds raised throughout the campaign will be divided equally between the four charities.
“The important thing is that all monies raised in Clare will stay in Clare,” said Seán. He added, “The charities to benefit are each worthy in their own right but together I think they represent an even stronger case for our support.
“Throughout the seven-week campaign we are asking people to organise fundraising events throughout the county. In what is proving to be a very tough climate for charity fundraising, this new intensive fundraising initiative called Rallying Together 4 Clare Charities will commence on March 15, to run until May 2 with a single aim to raise funds in Clare that will stay in Clare,” he explained.
Bishop Willie Walsh will celebrate a special mass in Ss Peter and Paul Cathedral, Ennis for the fundraising initiative on May 2, which will be broadcast live on Clare FM.
“From March 15, Rallying 4 Clare Charities will sell remembrance candles, through the parochial houses and selected shops throughout the county. Those purchasing candles will be invited to sign a dedication form, naming the person they want included in the mass offering on May 2. Bishop Walsh will bless the candles before the launch of the campaign on March 15. The candles will then be sold countywide and all funds raised from the sale of these candles will go to the four nominated charities,” Seán added.
People listening to the mass on Clare FM or attending the mass in the Cathedral who have purchased a remembrance candle, are encouraged to light their candle when they tune into the mass.
Anyone interested in volunteering their support should contact Seán at rallyingtogether@gmail.com.


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