Gala Retail has announced details of a new charity initiative to raise funds for the Jack & Jill Foundation, entitled ‘Gala Up the Hill for Jack & Jill’.
As part of the initiative, members of the public will be called on to put on their walking shoes and climb a hill during the month of September, to raise much-needed funds for the children's charity, which is facing a funding shortfall of €200,000 this year.
Those interested can register online at www.jackandjill.ie and drop into one of the 200 Gala stores nationwide to pick up a registration pack.
Signing up costs €16, which will fund one whole hour of nursing care for one of the 300 Jack & Jill children with life limiting or life threatening conditions in every community in Ireland today.
Gala is hoping to mobilise at least 4,000 people to take part in the initiative next month.
“There’s a real local flavour to this initiative, which is a great fit for Gala as a sponsorship," said Gary Desmond, chief executive, Gala Retail. "Jonathan [Irwin, Jack & Jill founder] and his team have a steep fundraising hill to climb every year to raise the €2.7 million required.
"We want to inspire people to register for their own ‘Gala Up the Hill for Jack & Jill’ by teaming up with family, friends, their work colleagues, their sports team etc. It’s a great way of having fun while contributing to a fantastic cause. Like Gala, Jack & Jill is at the heart of the community, so we are delighted to support their great work by sponsoring this campaign."
Pictured at the launch of Gala Up the Hill for Jack & Jill are Gary Desmond CEO, Gala, Jonathan Irwin CEO and founder, Jack & Jill Foundation, together with ‘Jack' and 'Jill’.