Barnardos ambassador Alison Curtis, and her daughter Joan (9) joined forces to raise vital funds for Barnardos.
Joan took part in the 5 a Day challenge, which saw her walk 5km daily in aid of the charity. Her initial target was to raise €250, but the Irish public leapt to support her, and she ultimately raised €3,545 over 10 days for vulnerable children.
Barnardos Ambassador, Alison Curtis, said: “I have been an ambassador for Barnardos for six years, it has always been an organisation that is close to my heart and I truly admire the work they are doing with vulnerable children.
“The Covid19 pandemic has proved difficult for many, but vulnerable children and families perhaps most of all. Because of this, Joan and I decided we wanted to give something back, to help Barnardos continue to be there for those that need them. And so, the plan for Joan’s 5 a Day was formed!
“It was a wonderful experience for us both as it brought us together but it also gave Joan the opportunity to learn about life’s lessons and help those less fortunate that her. The support from the public has been phenomenal and has far surpassed what we set out to achieve.
“Joan is feeling very proud of her fundraiser and what this will mean for children in communities across the country.”
Joan Curtis-Hegarty (9) said: “It was amazing to raise so much money and it was a great experience – thank you everyone.”
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Barnardos Director of Fundraising, Mary Gamble said: “Over the last year, we have all faced into what can only be described as an unprecedented situation.
“At Barnardos, we have felt this in our services across the board, with many services being put on hold as we made our way through various lockdown measures. Our staff had to rapidly adapt to meet the needs of the children and families we work with and, thankfully, the public have shown overwhelming support throughout it all.
“We’re all very proud of Joan and her fantastic ‘5 a Day’ challenge. Not only did she find a fantastic outlet during a stressful time, the money she raised will make a massive difference to our work, and ensure we can continue our vital work. Well done Joan on such an amazing achievement!”
If you would like to help support Barnardos vital work, go to www.barnardos.ie for more information.