MACE has anounced that it has presented Down Syndrome Ireland with a cheque for €30,000, on behalf of its retailers’ Tour de MACE static cycling fundraising events.
According to the retailer, through the course of the summer months, MACE staff invited customers and staff to donate between 15 minutes and one hour of their time to cycle and raise much needed funds for MACE’s official charity, Down Syndrome Ireland.
Since adopting Down Syndrome Ireland as MACE’s official charity partner in 2017, MACE said that it has engaged in a number of initiatives designed to raise awareness and funds for the worthy charity and have raised nearly €200,000 in that time.
This year, for the first time ever, MACE renewed the partnership for a further two years with all funds raised going to support a new online education course for every adult aged 29+ with Down Syndrome in Ireland.
‘Ability Online’ will provide support to adults aged 29+ with Down syndrome who are struggling with isolation and job losses as a result of COVID-19. The course, which will run every 10 weeks, can be delivered remotely and combines online tasks and group discussions.
Commenting, Pater Dwan, MACE sales director said he was delighted with the efforts of the MACE retailers who hosted these events.
"The Tour de MACE events are great for the charity, the store and the local communities they serve. They are a fabulous initiative and a fun and healthy way to raise funds for a very worthy cause; all the more important now with fundraising under increased pressure in the current environment,” said Dwan.
Barry Sheridan, Down Syndrome Ireland CEO expressed his delight to receive the funds and added, “Each Tour de MACE event helped make a real and lasting difference to people with Down syndrome and their families throughout Ireland."