48th SHARE Fast & Fundraising Campaign in Full Swing: ~Cork Students Continue to Brave the Elements as they Give the Final Push to Raise Funds for the City’s Vulnerable Older Population~
48th SHARE Fast & Fundraising Campaign in Full Swing:
~Cork Students Continue to Brave the Elements as they Give the Final Push to Raise Funds for the City’s Vulnerable Older Population~
Monday 18th December: SHARE – Students Harness Aid for the Relief of the Elderly – may now be in its 48th year, but the generosity of the Cork people when it comes to providing for the city’s older, more vulnerable population never ceases to amaze. After a successful start to this year’s campaign, the students of SHARE give their fundraising efforts a final push as they appeal to the public to continue to give generously until the completion of the 2017 Fast & Fundraising campaign on Christmas Eve.
Since the SHARE Fast & Fundraising campaign officially kicked off last Thursday (14th December), almost 1,800 fourth and fifth-year students from 21 Cork schools have taken to the city centre streets in order to raise funds for the long-running organisation and the residents in its care. These compassionate young people will continue their fundraising efforts right up until Christmas Eve, when they will once again gather across the city centre in their familiar yellow jackets for the final day of collections. 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 continue their support of SHARE and to welcome its students as they go about their fundraising task.
Speaking about the progress of this year’s Christmas campaign, Ben Corcoran, the 17-year-old Chairman of the SHARE Executive (a group of 52 students drawn from various schools to run the campaign), said: “We’ve experienced a number of cold and wet days so far, but people are in good spirits in spite of the wintery weather and have been very generous in their support of the SHARE campaign to date. When you are standing in the cold for hours at a time collecting for this extremely important organisation, it’s amazing how a kind word and a bit of encouragement from passers-by can boost your mood and keep you motivated. When you see the generosity of people and how happy they are to support the campaign, it reminds us why we are involved with the organisation and makes us thankful to be part of such a giving community.”
He continued: “We hope that people will continue to donate over the course of the week as every cent makes a huge difference to the residents of SHARE and ensures the continuation of this vital Cork organisation. My fellow students and I will be painting the streets yellow every day until and including Christmas Eve as the campaign continues, so we hope that the public will stop by to say hello and give what they can to support SHARE.”
Aside from the generosity of the Cork public, Ben was also quick to praise the support of the local media, who have been highlighting the work of the SHARE collective over the past week or more. “The local media in Cork have been so supportive. Whether attending the blessing of the SHARE crib to take a few snaps, inviting us on air for radio interviews relating to the Fast & Fundraising campaign or delving into the work of SHARE by speaking with the residents and the people at the organisation’s heart, they have been so giving of their time and attention. It is so important to us and all involved that information about the good work of SHARE is spread far and wide and this wouldn’t be possible without such strong support from the wonderful Cork media.”
The SHARE Fast and Fundraising drive will be coming to an end this Sunday 24th December (Christmas Eve) and by then over 1,800 students will have been involved in the campaign to raise the funds needed to continue to house and support Cork’s older people in their 146 SHARE homes in various locations around the city, at Blarney Street, Shandon Street, Blackpool, Grattan Street, Sunday’s Well, Abbey Street and Sheare’s Street, as well as providing on-going essential services at the impressive S.H.A.R.E. Brother Jerome Kelly Day Care Centre. The Centre, located on Sheare’s Street, can cater for up to 125 people weekly, 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 them integrate into the community and meet like-minded individuals in a bright, warm environment.
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 visit SHARE cribs at the following shopping centres: Mahon Point, Merchant’s Quay, Wilton, Blackpool, Bishopstown Court, Douglas Court, Douglas Village Shopping Centre, Riverview Shopping Centre in Bandon and Ballincollig Shopping Centre, where any donations are welcome.
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.