Retailer Mace has today launched a national fundraising campaign to support Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI), following a renewal of their charity partnership.
The Mace fundraising campaign provides much-needed funds for the launch of a new online education course developed by Down Syndrome Ireland, in response to the impact of the global pandemic on its members, the retailer announced.
Commenting on the launch of the fundraising campaign, Daniel O’Connell, sales director, Mace, said, “In the last 12 months, Mace retailers have seen first-hand just how important our contribution is to the communities we serve, and, above all, in helping those most vulnerable.”
The ten-week ‘Ability Online’ course will provide supports to adults with Down’s syndrome who have been left isolated, with significant job losses and limited options to engage with further education and other life activities due to Covid-19, the company announced.
The first €10,000 raised by Mace retailers will allow DSI to set up and deliver the first ten-week online course, beginning on 15 February, with every €5,000 raised thereafter funding an additional course, it added.
DSI and Mace aim to raise enough funds to provide the course to every adult over the age of 29 with Down’s syndrome in Ireland.
Up to now, the organisation has been curtailed from developing this programme fully because funding constraints only allowed the registration of students under 29 years of age on the ‘Ability Online’ course.
According to Mace, funds will be raised through a combination of countertop charity boxes in Mace stores across the country, a contribution from the sale of selected Mace own-brand products, and – Covid-19 restrictions allowing – a number of fundraising activities throughout the year.
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