Today the Community Foundation for Ireland, together with a coalition of Irelands leading media organisations, launched the nationwide fundraising campaign ‘Ireland for Ukraine’.
Unprecedented in Irish History, ‘Ireland for Ukraine’ sees over 20 media organisations nationwide come together in a united response to provide critical supports to those affected by the war in Ukraine.
A European humanitarian crisis is unfolding which requires a response both on the ground and in our own communities. ‘Ireland for Ukraine’ delivers that response. The funds raised through ‘Ireland for Ukraine’ will be used to support those trapped in the war zone and the growing numbers seeking shelter here. There are many challenges ahead. The protection needed for children travelling alone, assisting refugees with disabilities, measures to combat human trafficking and so much more. It may at first seem overwhelming but with the continuing generosity of the Irish people these are challenges which can and will be met.
From digital to print, radio to TV, media outlets have come together to raise awareness of the campaign. All donations go into an account managed by the Community Foundation for Ireland, where we will distribute all funds raised to a coalition of charities working to help those affected by the war. Media participants include RTÉ, Virgin Media Television, TG4, and many more. For a full list of media participants click here.
50% of the funds collected will be distributed to the Irish Red Cross, Concern, UNICEF and Trocaire. The other 50% will be pooled into a fund for grant aid applications available to Irish organisations and local groups assisting the anticipated 200,000 incoming people who have been forced to flee Ukraine.
The Fund will start with a €5 million donation from Government. Micheál Martin said: “I want to congratulate the national and local media outlets who have worked and cooperated for the first time to enhance the incredible public goodwill and generosity of the Irish public…I am pleased to confirm that the government will allocate €5 m to the campaign and fund, Ireland for Ukraine. This will help start its focused charity work for the people of Ukraine at home and abroad.”
For more information go to https://irelandforukraine.ie/
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