Posted by admin on May 27, 2009 @ 1:11 pm
On Monday 25th May Swords Educate Together National School was the first school to receive an Interactive White Board for collecting mobile phones.
The school collected 623 phones and Principal Gerard Kelly said
” The delivery and installation of our first interactive whiteboard for mobile phones is a source of wonderful excitement for children and staff in Swords Educate Together National School. We have been collecting mobile phones for the Jack and Jill Foundation and the benefits for all concerned are enormous, not least dramatically increasing the number of interactive whiteboards in our school. ”
Congratulations to Gerard and Staff and Pupils of Swords Educate Together National School.
Posted by admin on May 19, 2009 @ 5:09 pm
Life Cycle 2009
On Saturday23rd May 2009, the Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club hosted an event in aid of Jack and Jill which included a 20 km cycle, 10 km run, and 5km walk all of which started simultaneously. This was be followed by an Evening Function with a BBQ and music.
A large amount of money in excess of €40,00 (final figure to be confirmed )was raised for Jack and Jill.
Our Thanks to all the Lifecycle 2009 committee, in particular, John, Paul, Maurice and Barry.
You can access more information on the event at www.lifecycle2009.com
Posted by admin on May 14, 2009 @ 8:39 pm
Sams Lunch in the Four Seasons Hotel
Friday 8th May 2009
Baby Sam was guest of honour at his own lunch in aid of Jack and Jill in May 2008. Sadly the little man passed away some five weeks later. His parents were determined to continue his fundraising work and the now annual, Sam’s Lunch was held in the the Four Seasons Hotel in Dublin on the 8th May 2009. Over 150 people attended the event with famous guests such as Bertie Ahern and Brendan Grace
A fabulous afternoon was had by all with good food, wine and entertainment. Our thanks to Jo Synott and John Nolan (Sam’s Parents) who did a fantastic job organising the event.
Posted by admin on @ 8:18 pm
New Zealand copies Irish model of recycling mobile phones to help sick children
CEO of Jack & Jill visits New Zealand to support launch of Starship mobile phone appeal
Jonathan Irwin and New Zealand Prime Minister Hon John Key
On the 24th February 2009, New Zeland based,Starship Foundation launched its new mobile phone appeal in Auckland to raise funds for sick children. The Starship initiative is based on the Jack & Jill model of recycling in Ireland which is done with recycling partner Folamh and has raised nearly €2 million over the past two years for home respite care for Jack and Jill Families. The mobile phones donated in New Zealand will be sent to Folamh in Ireland for recording, grading and storage before being sent to countries such as Hong Kong, China or Eastern Europe where they are checked, reprogrammed, repackaged and sold. Folamh will donate 60% of proceeds from the sale of phones to Starship.
Speaking at the launch in Auckland, New Zeland , Jonathan Irwin, CEO and founder of the Jack & Jill Foundation said, “We are delighted with the number of people in Ireland who support our campaign and I’ve come to the launch in New Zealand to support the wonderful Starship team and I urge every New Zealander to donate their old phones to help the Starship children. I have seen first hand what a big difference it makes in the lives of sick children and their families in Ireland, with 250 phones buying home nursing care for a sick child for one month.”
According to Andrew Young, CEO of Starship Foundation, “More than three million people have a mobile phone in New Zealand and they upgrade these, on average, once every 18 months. That means more than two million phones could become obsolete or no longer in use every year. We want those phones so they can be put to good use for Starship kids. The money raised will be used to pay for priority needs at Starship such as lifesaving equipment through to vital paediatric research. But beyond that, there’s the added benefit of preventing these old phones from ending up in landfill and polluting the environment.”
Posted by admin on @ 5:35 pm
Beaver Vending Machines
We have become the designated Charity for Beaver Vending Machines in Ireland. When you see a Beaver Vending Machine with our sticker on it you can be assured that a percentage of your money spent on the goodies inside is donated to the Foundation.
For more information on Beaver Vending Machines go to www.towerbybeaver.com
Posted by admin on @ 3:33 pm
The Caragh Orphanage
Andrew Rynne has written a book titled “The Caragh Orphanage”. This book is priced at €5 and is available at all good bookshops. We are delighted and grateful that a donation from each sale will come to The Foundation.
Posted by admin on May 11, 2009 @ 6:01 pm
CHARITABLE CARAGH LAKE pupils do their bit for Jack and Jill (Photo by Ger Cronin.)
PARENT, Gina O’Grady took it upon herself to approach Glounaguillagh National School with an idea to raise some money by getting the pupils to make their own Christmas cards.
Splash printing of Killarney scanned and printed the pictures onto cards and they were then sold in packs of 7 for €5 each.
Local businesses in Killorglin covered the printing cost’s which allowed for all the funds raised by the pupils cards to go directly to the Jack and Jill Foundation. €1,190 was raised altogether and Gina presented the cheque to Jonathan Irwin, Jack and Jill CEO, on Wednesday, March 11.
They are very pleased with their achievement and hope to repeat the experience next Christmas. “This year was a learning curve for doing it,” says Gina “and we sold about 1,800 cards altogether and we are very grateful to local businesses for covering the printing costs.”
Posted by admin on @ 5:57 pm
The Foundation is delighted to announce that it has entered into a partnership with the Ritz Carlton Resort Hotel, at Powerscourt, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow. This hotel which offers facilities in line with the groups International reputation lies 30 mins from the city centre
of Dublin in the beautiful foothills of the Wicklow mountains.
The Foundation will host both its Golf Classic on 4th July 2009 and its Winter Ball on 12th December 2009 at the hotel.
Special rates are offered to all the Foundations sponsors, friends and families.
The foundation are also delighted that one of their sponsors de Jager – the leading bulb company in England are donating 50,000 tulip bulbs and 25,000 tubers to be planted within the hotel grounds over the next five years in memory of Jack Irwin and all the babies and families the
foundation has cared for since 1997. This will allow the hotel to stage two major flower festivals each year from 2010 onwards. www.ritzcarlton.com
Posted by admin on May 5, 2009 @ 1:23 pm
English Channel Swim
Congratulations to 26 year old UCC student Lisa Cummins who on the September 20th 2009 became the 1st Irish person to swim from England to France and back again.
The swim was over 70km long and took 35 hours and 36 mins to complete. She raised money for three different charities by doing this swim, one of which is the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation.
Our Thanks to Lisa for supporting Jack and Jill and to all those who sponsored her.
You can learn more about Lisa’s adventure on her website www.arockieswim.com
Posted by admin on @ 12:55 pm
Cookery Night in aid of Jack and Jill?
IVY Cookery School Rathangan, Co. Kildare
Thursday 4th June 2009
On the 4th June, 40 women got together for a cookery demonstration from Chef Niamh Flanagan of the Ivy Cookery School. Niamh gave a fantastic demonstration and her Mother, Catherine looked after us very well.
After the demonstration, we were treated to a beautiful 3 course meal with lots of wine which was kindly sponsored by Franck Amand, of Vie de Chateau, in Naas
For more information on the Ivy Cookery school log on to www.theivy.ie