In a matter of weeks, fundraising at the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation has been devastated by the Covid-19 crisis with the closure of the charity’s nine shops and the cancellation of most fundraising events. Founder Jonathan Irwin is appearing in TV ads saying the financial outlook is bleak with the children’s charity facing a massive shortfall of €500,000.
The ad campaign is supported by Odlum’s.
The 340 children and families under its care rely on the charity’s support now more than ever. Jack & Jill CEO Carmel Doyle (above) says the youngsters they look after are very vulnerable; children from birth to five years of age with highly complex and life-threatening medical conditions. Throughout the crisis, specialist home nursing and end-of-life care continues.
For the remainder, who have been self-isolating for some time, the nursing team provides phone and video support to help parent carers keep their sick child safe and well cared for at home, where they belong. Jack & Jill is urging the public to donate €4 by texting the words ‘We Care’ to 50300 or to give what they can through www.jackandjill.ie
Every €16 donated provides a family with one hour of home nursing support. Meanwhile, famous artists from 10 countries have donated work to the Incognito art sale of 1,812 original pieces in support of Jack & Jill. The artists include Bruce & Patti Springsteen, Maser, Alice Maher, Bono, Martin Mooney, Dan Chester, Mick O’Dea and Ruthie Ashenhurst.
Each piece in the collection costs €50 with no one knowing the identity of the artist until after they buy the art. The art can be viewed at www.incognito.ie with the sale on Friday, April 24.
The art sale is supported by law firm William Fry.
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