Educate Together Ireland to receive a €5,000 donation 

by Alex Greaney
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For the fifth year running, the Benefact Group, which owns Ecclesiastical Insurance in Ireland, is giving away over €1million to charities through the Movement for Good Awards across Ireland and the UK. 

Earlier this month, the Group launched a special draw for charities supporting Children and Young People. Organisations whose core charitable purpose is to support children and young people (aged 23 and under) were eligible for nomination. Educate Together Ireland was among the ten charities chosen to receive donations of €5,000 as part of the Movement for Good Awards. 

Educate Together has been a pioneer in inclusive and student-focused education for over 40 years. The €5,000 grant will assist them in implementing system reforms, increasing access to equality-based education. 

Childrens Heartbeat Trust, based in Belfast, is also one of the winners in this special draw. The charity has been working since 1984 to provide practical, emotional, and financial support to children and young people living with heart disease and their families. 

Supershoes, Mother and Child Welfare Organisation, The Glamorgan Federation of Young Farmers Clubs, The Eden Christian Trust, Pavillion (Greater Easterhouse), KEF Kids, The Leanne Fund SCIO, and Henfield Youth Club are also among the causes to receive the awards this month. 

The winners were chosen at random from over 3,100 charities that were nominated across Ireland and the UK. 

Commenting on the winners’ announcement, David Lane, Managing Director for Ecclesiastical Insurance Ireland, said: “We extend our thanks to everyone who took the time to nominate a children and young people charity in the Movement for Good Awards. We recognise that €5,000 can make a tremendous difference to the incredible work these charities do to support the next generation. Congratulations to the ten winners, especially to Educate Together here in Ireland and Childrens Heartbeat Trust in Northern Ireland. We look forward to witnessing how this financial boost will further their impactful care.” 

Sandra Irwin-Gowran speaking on behalf of Educate Together, commented: “We are thrilled to have been selected to receive a €5,000 donation as part of Benefact Group’s Movement for Good Award. This generous donation will have a positive impact in the lives of thousands of children and young people, through our work to support quality and build capacity across our school network, lead on important system reforms, and to increase access to equality-based education. We would like to thank everyone who nominated Educate Together – we truly appreciate their support. We will put these funds to work straightaway to help us expand access to Educate Together schools in a challenging climate, because we believe that access to equality-based education should not depend on where you live.” 

Since the awards began in 2019, over 2,200 charities have benefitted for the Movement for Good awards.  Among the Children and Young People charities based in Ireland to have won previously are: Citywise Education, Ronald McDonald House, The Children’s Sunshine Home, Children’s Books Ireland, Kids Own Publishing, ECO Unesco, and Little Blue Heroes Foundation. 

To find out how to support the Movement for Good Awards and to nominate a cause you care about visit www.movementforgood.com

Photo: Sandra Irwin-Gowran, Head of Education and Development at Educate Together with Scott Hayes, Head of Relationship Management, Ecclesiastical Insurance Ireland. 

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