The Shamrock Fund is an appeal to the Irish Diaspora in the US to help the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation to continue to ensure that no child or their families will ever again face the isolation and desperation that Mary Ann and Jonathan faced back in 1996 when they brought their son Jack home from the hospital.
The Official launch of the Shamrock Fund will take place at Lily O’Brien’s Chocolate Cafe on Monday October 24th 2011.
Jonathan Irwin, CEO and founder of the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation, has been named Global Fundraiser of the Year at a Resource Alliance ceremony inNoordwijkerhout (30 minutes outside Amsterdam) on Wednesday 19th October 2011. Jonathan, who was voted Irish Fundraiser of the Year in June of this year, was nominated for this prestigious global award by Fundraising Ireland.
Statement from Jonathan Irwin, CEO and Founder of the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation in relation to the drastic new budget cuts proposed by HSE as reported in media on Friday 14th of October
“I am appalled and angered to hear about the range of drastic measures being proposed by the HSE, such as suspension of the issuing of new medical cards; a 24% reduction in home help hours; the fact that no further aids or appliances will be supplied to families and all this to happen between now and the end of the year, with the aim of saving €300 million so that the HSE can break even in 2011. Is this a health system gone mad? Nowhere in proposed cuts is there any mention of equally severe cuts to administration costs. Why is that?
“While the HSE admits that such measures will put extra demand on respite and residential facilities, which we know cost nine times more than home care, there simply are not enough beds available for the potential avalanche of demand. This is an absolute false economy and is going to cost more in the long run, putting huge levels of stress on the most vulnerable in society, yet again.
“I see these moves by the HSE as an absolute admission that they are no longer able to manage homecare services. On the other side, this Foundation is ready, willing and able to look after our population of children, but the HSE still doesn’t see the sense of investing in Jack & Jill 50/50.
“We can’t just sit back and let this happen. I plan to sit down and study this document of proposed cuts in detail and to engage with our nursing teams and families across the country about the real life implications. I am writing to Minister Reilly and Cathal Magee, CEO of the HSE for an urgent meeting to consider the implication of such moves on the families under our wing, families of children with brain damage who require intensive care at home, families who are on the brink of coping and who can’t take this form of slash and burn budget cuts from the HSE.”
UnitedWeSave.ie works by grouping the demand of its members together in order to obtain bulk prices from suppliers.Initially, the main product is home heating oil. Over the next while they will be adding domestic waste, coal and broadband deals.
-The total cost will be €562.50
-You will pay €8 on the site
-Your details will be sent to the oil company in your area
-They will contact you directly to arrange delivery and payment
-You will pay them €554.50 (€562.50- €8)
UnitedWeSave.ie has stated that their group prices are normally 4-5c per litre cheaper. This can mean a saving of up to €50 on a fill of 1000 litres of home oil.
A Tipperary family will find out later today the 27th of September whether the HSE can take on respite care requirements for their son.
4 year old JJ Ryan has quadriplegic cerebral palsy, is profoundly deaf and has a number of other health concerns – his doctors say his everyday care is ‘extremely demanding’ of his parents.
He and his family has been supported by Jack and Jill until now but unfortunately due to funding restrictions the Foundation cannot continue to care for children like JJ once they reach 4.
JJ’s parents and representatives of his medical team will meet with the HSE to see if the help provided by the Foundation until now can be continued through them.
JJ’s mother Michelle has spoken to Newstalk’s Shona Murray about the difficulties in caring for her son, particularly when he gets sick, like last winter when he was taken to hospital 8 times:
Raffle Terms & Conditions:
This raffle is organised and administered by The Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation, Johnstown Manor, Johnstown, Naas, Co. Kildare.
Registered Charity No. CHY 12405.
Lottery License issued at Naas District Court.
To be eligible to enter the raffle, entrants must:
- Be over 18 years of age by 1st January 2011.
- Not be a member of The Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation staff.
- Have purchased at least one ticket at €10 each.
The prize consists of 1 Red Limousin Heifer, date of birth 20.02.10.
Closing date for returning tickets to Jack and Jill office and entering the draw is March 8, 2012.
The winner will be drawn by an independent person on 9th March 2012 at Miller’s Bar & Lounge, Ballydangan, Athlone, Co. Roscommon. The promoter’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The winner will be notified within 5 working days of the draw date either by mail or telephone. The winner’s name will be announced on . Full address will not be disclosed.
If the writing is illegible on the ticket and no contact details are given, a new winner will be selected on the day of the draw.
By entering the draw, winners confirm their agreement to take part in any associated publicity.
The Jack and Jill Foundation respects and is committed to protecting your privacy. The personal information you provide will remain private and will only be used for the purposes outlined here.
We are delighted to announce that our CEO Jonathan Irwin has made the shortlist for the Resource Alliance Global Fundraiser of Year. He is up against two contentenders for the coveted title, Ada Banks from Cancer Council, Queensland and Harry Becher and Catriona Blampied from Breakthrough Breast Cancer. The winner will be announced at the Awards ceremony on the 19th October in Amsterdam.
The Best Will in the World Week will take place from Monday 17th – Friday 21st October 2011. During this week, Jack & Jill will invite the public to visit a local participating solicitor to have a will drawn up or changed and to consider leaving a legacy them. The cost of these consultations with participating solicitors will be just €50.