The Spirit of Christmas Alive and Well in Cork!

SHARE representatives extend a huge ‘THANK YOU’ to the people of Cork for showing phenomenal generosity over the Christmas period

 After a gruelling 10-day Fast and Fundraising campaign, during which almost 1,800 students from 21 Cork schools braved the wind and rain on the city streets in their efforts to raise funds to ensure the continuation of SHARE’s vital work, representatives of the long-running Cork charity have praised the Cork public for their incredible kindness and generosity in the lead up to Christmas 2018.

This December marked the 49th Fast and Fundraising campaign; a yearly effort by the boys and girls of SHARE (Students Harness Aid for the Relief of the Elderly) that places focus on the integral Leeside organisation. Established in 1970, SHARE cares for Cork’s older people in 146 secure housing units around Cork, offering them independent living within a sheltered community that provides security, support and peace of mind. The annual fundraising campaign allows SHARE to continue its important legacy, covering the cost of the maintenance and upkeep of the resident’s houses around the city, as well as the continual running of the Brother Jerome Kelly Day Care Centre, located on Sheare’s Street. The Centre can cater for up to 125 people weekly and is an integral part of the SHARE organisation, providing a range of practical services, including medical and non-medical services, meals, a laundry service, social games and events, and a network of support to help residents integrate into the community and meet like-minded individuals in a bright, warm environment.

The generosity of the Cork public during SHARE’s latest Fast and Fundraising campaign ensures the organisation can continue its good work in 2019. Speaking as this year’s campaign drew to a close, 17-year-old Jack Murphy, a fifth-year student at Presentation Brothers College and the Chairman of the SHARE Student Executive, was full of praise for his city and its residents. “This year’s campaign has been a resounding success, thanks to the kindness of the Cork people and all those who contributed to this extremely important organisation in the lead up to Christmas,” he noted. “Becoming so friendly with each of the residents over the course of the past year made me and all of the students involved with SHARE particularly driven to raise as much as we could over the 10 days of the campaign. We were very aware that wearing the famous yellow jackets brought a lot of responsibility in the sense that each of us was individually responsible for doing our very best to raise as much money as possible to improve the lives of the SHARE residents. I can say with pride that we all put in trojan effort and now our friends – the residents of SHARE – can benefit from our hard work over the past couple of weeks. That feeling is worth its weight in gold and I think I can speak for all of us when I say that it has made our Christmas all the better.”

He added: “I’d like to sincerely thank everyone who gave any amount of money they could spare this year. You’ve made this a very happy Christmas for the people whose lives have been touched the most by SHARE.”

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CORK’S YOUNG AND OLD EMBRACE THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS:
SHARE’s 49th Fast and Fundraising Campaign for Cork’s older people launched at the SHARE Crib, Daunt Square, Cork


The students of SHARE (Students Harness Aid for the Relief of the Elderly) kicked off their annual Fast and Fundraising campaign for the 49th year last Friday.

The event, which was attended by members of the broader SHARE Student Executive (a group of 52 students drawn from various schools to run the campaign), was marked with the blessing of the SHARE crib on Daunt Square, courtesy of Bishop John Buckley and Rev. Sarah Marry, as well as an address from Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Thomas Moloney. Student Chair Jack Murphy also spoke to the gathered crowd about the work of the long-running organisation, while the Band of the Southern Brigade under the baton of Brigadier General Brian Prendergast, added to the Christmas atmosphere by performing a selection of festive songs.

Established in 1970, SHARE cares for Cork’s older people in 146 secure housing units around Cork, offering them independent living within a sheltered community that provides security, support and peace of mind. Each year, almost 1,800 fourth and fifth-year students from 21 Cork schools brighten up the city centre streets up to and including Christmas Eve to raise funds for SHARE.  As this is the only fundraising campaign the organisation undertakes throughout the year, they are once again appealing to the generosity of the Cork people to support SHARE and welcome its students as they go about their fundraising task.
 
Jacques Mathieu Mardyke, Jiang O’Neill Bandon and Des Lee Ballincollig at the launch last Friday
This year, the students involved are once again urging Corkonians to dig deep and re-ignite their commitment to Cork’s older people to ensure the continuation of SHARE’s extensive refurbishment programme, which allows SHARE residents to remain in their own homes. SHARE’s annual fundraising campaign also aids the continuance of the many services provided by the organisation for residents and the local community at The Brother Jerome Kelly Day Care Centre on Sheare’s Street, Cork, throughout the year.

The Day Care Centre, which can cater for up to 125 people weekly, is an integral part of the SHARE organisation, providing a range of practical services, including medical and non-medical services, meals, a laundry service, social games and events, and a network of support to help residents integrate into the community and meet like-minded individuals in a bright, warm environment.

Always in search of new ways to help the older, more vulnerable community of Cork, SHARE has now entered into the second year of their recently-developed programme that supports families and individuals living with dementia. The programme involves an intergenerational dynamic of two students and one adult volunteer paying weekly two-hour visits to a person affected by dementia, offering temporary relief to strained families and/or care-givers.

Commenting at the launch of the 2018 campaign, Jack Murphy, fifth-year student at Presentation Brothers College and Chairman of the SHARE Executive said: “I’m proud and excited to join my fellow students and wear the yellow jacket on behalf of SHARE tonight, kicking off another annual campaign that is so important to Cork and our older population in particular. I feel that we are lucky to be involved in this year’s Fast and Fundraising campaign as it has helped us to embrace the spirit of Christmas and gives us a deeper understanding of what this time of year should be all about. We hope that as people pass us on their travels, doing their Christmas shopping and soaking up the festive atmosphere in town, they will support SHARE in any way possible and offer a much-needed helping hand this Christmas.”

He added: “We’re looking forward to getting stuck in and raising as much as possible for SHARE in 2018, ensuring they can continue their amazing work for many years to come. Thank you in advance to everyone for helping us achieve our goal!”     

Members of the public, during the annual ten-day Fast and Fundraising Campaign, are invited to visit the SHARE Crib at Daunt Square, Cork or to donate at the SHARE cribs at the following shopping centres: Mahon Point, Merchant’s Quay, Wilton Shopping Centre, Blackpool Shopping Centre, Bishopstown Court, Douglas Court, Douglas Village Shopping Centre, Riverview Shopping Centre in Bandon, SuperValu Carrigaline and Quish SuperValu Ballincollig.

Alternatively, donations can be posted or delivered in person to SHARE, The Brother Jerome Kelly Day Care Centre, 43 Sheare’s Street, Cork where acknowledgements will be issued immediately.

To follow the SHARE students on their annual ten day Fast and Fundraising campaign see facebook.com/SHARECORK,twitter.com/sharecork or Instagram.com/s.h.a.r.e_cork or use #TimeToSHARE. Visit www.sharecork.org.

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