Midlands Charity Groups Receive Over €120,000 From RTÉ Toy Show Appeal

Offaly Down Syndrome Association have been granted the money which they think is a 'gamechanger.'

Charity groups in the midlands are set to benefit from over €120,000 from the RTE Toy Show Appeal. 

Westmeath will be allocated €73,000, €30,200 has been granted to Offaly and Laois will receive €20,000.

Offaly Down Syndrome Association is one of the organisations set to receive funding, with €18,000 allocated to the charity.

Chair Robbie Donnelly says Covid-19 had a big impact on their members, and they will be using the money to go on a respite break.

Offaly Down Syndrome Association is delighted to announce that we have been chosen as one of the lucky recipients of the #rtetoyshowappeal. RTÉ The Late Late Show The Community Foundation for Ireland

Posted by Offaly Down Syndrome Association on Wednesday, June 15, 2022

More than 1.1 million children and families across the country are to benefit from RTE's 2021 Toy Show Appeal Grants.

Viewers raised more than €6.6 million for charity as Ryan Tubridy and a whole host of toy testers and performers entertained and audience of 1.8 million around the world last November.

A total of 154 charities are set to benefit from the fund.

Chief Executive of the Community Foundation Denise Charlton outlines where exactly the money is headed:

A full breakdown of funding allocated to midlands charities can be found below:

  • Áirc Midlands, which works to ensure the rights of children with communications differences are met and are included in society, will receive €10,000 
  • Athlone Family Resource Centre, which will use its funding to develop a range of volunteer led youth hubs for children aged 5-12yrs of age in RAPID communities across Athlone town that provide opportunity for children to engage in creative arts to enhance wellbeing, self-belief, and resilience, will receive €20,000 

  • Cancer Support Sanctuary LARCC, which will use its funding to increase capacity in its Children’s Support Service, will receive €43,680

  • Clara Community and Family Resource Centre CLG, which provides a number of themed activities and programmes for disadvantaged children and families to support them in the daily challenges of life, will receive €5,000 

  • Foróige GYDP SUB Project, which is a community enhancement youth project through creativity and art mosaic, will receive €7,200 

  • Offaly Down Syndrome Association, which provides respite to families whose child or children have Down Syndrome, will receive €18,000

  • Parents First Laois Offaly will benefit from the donations, receiving €20,000 to enrich and develop early childhood learning through home-based play and developmental activities for children aged 0-3 years who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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