An Post has given its stamp of approval to a new campaign that wants to help support lonely older people as Christmas looms.
The Do One Thing campaign, in association with ALONE – the charity that supports older people to age at home – asks everyone to send a personalised An Post card to an older person, helping to end the isolation that many seniors can experience at the special time of year.
TV presenter Baz Ashmawy was delighted to launch the campaign, and called on everyone to support the great initiative.
He said: “We are asking people to ‘Do One Thing’ this Christmas – send a lovely Christmas card to an older person!
“For just €5 you can go online, order a card and write a nice message to an older person linked in with ALONE. An Post will then print and post the card, and every card sent will raise money for ALONE, as well as making a huge difference to that older person’s Christmas.”
€3.20 from every card sold will go directly to ALONE’s services, helping the organisation to continue providing friendship, support, social events, and housing to older people, ensuring that older people aren’t left isolated and lonely.
Echoing Baz’s message, Garrett Bridgeman, Managing director of Mails and Parcels at An Post, said: “A personal message is really powerful, particularly at Christmas.
“We are appealing to members of the public to order one of the An Post personalised Christmas cards and share a few kind words with an older person who may be isolated or lonely this Christmas.
“It is our hope that this campaign will make Christmas less lonely for many older people, and raise significant funds for ALONE.”
ALONE’s chief executive, Sean Moynihan, said: “We are delighted to partner with An Post this year for Christmas. ALONE offers friendship, support, and housing, all aimed at ensuring no older person is left lonely or without the care and support they need.
“It is our hope that the funds raised through this campaign can bring a little Christmas magic back into the lives of older people and that the money raised will be used to spread that magic throughout the year.”
As well as the individual support that anyone can give, companies can also support the campaign, with special packs of the ALONE Christmas cards available to purchase.
By purchasing a pack of 100 or 500 Christmas cards online, companies can make a donation to ALONE while ordering their high-quality Christmas cards, which can be personalised with a logo or personal message inside.
To order your Christmas Cards and help ALONE, see www.alone.ie/Christmas; cards for older people linked in with ALONE cost €5, with 64% of the cost donated to ALONE.
Packs of company cards are priced at €250 for 100 personalised Christmas cards, including postage and a €120 donation to ALONE, and €1,250 for 500 personalised Christmas cards, including postage and a €650 donation to ALONE.
Companies will receive their stock of cards within three working days, delivered by An Post.