The community club on Inishturk.

The Ireland Funds donates €12,500 to Mayo organisations since start of pandemic

SINCE the onset of Covid-19, The Ireland Funds, the global philanthropic network, has provided €12,500 in funding to three charitable causes in Mayo through The Ireland Funds Heart of the Community Fund, which provides critical and timely funding to a wide range of not-for-profit organisations.

The three local organisations that received support were Ballina Community Centre, Inishturk Community Club CLG and Comharchumann Forbartha Cill tSeadhna Teo.

Through its extensive global network, The Ireland Funds has harnessed the generosity of the Irish diaspora to assist charitable causes and communities hardest hit by the pandemic. The organisation is strategically embedded in the Irish charity sector and as a result donations were swiftly dispersed.

Said Fiona Doocey from Comharchumann Forbartha Cill tSeadhna Teo: “We deliver meals to over 100 older people every day, in addition to providing other community services such as pendant alarms scheme, laundry services and community activities. As well as hosting a social club, we offer a range of community education programmes and employment support services.

“Thanks to The Ireland Funds support we can continue to deliver a Meals on Wheels service and meet the growing demand for the service in the local community.”

Darren Ryan, Vice-President and Director Ireland of The Ireland Funds, said: “The Ireland Funds is proud to support the Mayo non-profit community with funds of €12,500 over the past 18 months through our Covid-19 Response Fund and the Heart of the Community Fund.

“The global diaspora has responded incredibly to the need in Mayo and also throughout Ireland. Despite not being able to travel to Ireland, it has stepped up to support great Irish causes through our global network. This generosity highlights the network of people around the world that are supporting Mayo and Ireland when we need it most. We are extremely grateful to the donors who have supported us.

“Much like the rest of the world, Ireland has faced unprecedented challenges over the past 18 months. Non-profit organisations on the island of Ireland have responded incredibly to the extreme challenges they have faced, continuing to provide essential services to those in need.”