A major Rotary Club Dublin fundraiser is set to help some of the most vulnerable homeless people in the capital.
A gala dinner will be held at Dublin Castle later this month in a bid to refurbish accommodation at The Salvation Army-run Granby Centre on Granby Row.
It is hoped up to €30,000 can be raised at the event on February 24 and keeps a promise the Club made to the charity before the Covid pandemic put the brakes on fundraising.
“Homelessness is a perennial issue in Dublin,” said Dublin Rotary Club President, Dr Delma Sweeney.
“The Granby Centre is a tremendous facility and staff there cater for those with the greatest disadvantage.
“Each year The President’s dinner raises money for a designated charity and now it is the Salvation Army’s turn.”
The Granby Centre opened in 1994 and provides a specialised service for 100 men and women who have a mix of long-term supported housing and supported accommodation needs.
The funds raised on February 24 will be used to provide adapted accommodation for people with disabilities who are also homeless.
During the gala dinner, an auction of items will be held to boost the fundraising drive – and members can also make one-off donations.
The fundraiser is the latest in a series of initiatives spearheaded by Rotary Club Dublin – whose core aim is to use members’ personal and professional skills to help others.
The Club was founded in 1911 and has recently been involved in a school building project in Zambia, the worldwide WHO and Rotary programme to eliminate polio, planting 250 native Irish oak trees in Wicklow and schemes to reduce the use of plastic.
Rotary Club Dublin has also co-ordinated fundraising efforts at District level in Ireland, following the devastating earthquake in Syria and Turkey last year and provided modular housing to displaced refugees in Kharkiv after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Rotary in Ireland is organised on a 32-county basis, is part of the wider international Rotary Club network (1.4million members), and is non-denominational and non-political.
Colonel Neil Webb, Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army in Ireland, described the fundraising initiative as “an incredible boost” for the Granby Centre.
“The continuing homeless crisis in Dublin has placed more pressure than ever on our services,” he said.
“But our work extends far beyond putting a roof over the heads of people with no home – the accommodation we provide must be updated and renovated to provide a comfortable living space for our service users.
“We want to express our deepest appreciation to Rotary Club Dublin and their members; this gesture is one of love, compassion and support for those most vulnerable members of our society.”
Tickets for the gala dinner, priced at €120 each, include a three-course meal, raffle, entertainment by lyric soprano Jade Phoenix and the auction.
They can be secured at: https://www.rotarydublin.ie/gala
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