The Irish Refugee Council was awarded this year’s top prize of Charity of the Year at the Charity Excellence Awards 2023
Hosted at the Mansion House, the IRC had a “year like no other for the organisation – it witnessed a 267 per cent increase in the number of people provided with direct and substantial support with a 60pc increase for their support services with a 60pc increase in calls to the helpline and email queries up by 733pc compared to 2021!
The judges recognised the indelible mark the Irish Refugee Council has left on countless lives, and in the face of unprecedented challenges, including the sudden influx of over 80,000 people, this charity rose to the occasion with unyielding compassion. Sponsored by Ecclesiastical Insurance Ireland, the judges recognised the indelible mark the IRC have left on countless lives, and in the face of unprecedented challenges, including the sudden influx of over 80,000 people, this charity rose to the occasion with unyielding compassion.
Commenting on the Award, Nick Henderson, CEO IRC said:“We are thrilled to have won this prestigious award, even being shortlisted alongside such amazing and impactful charities was an honour. We are in challenging times but our amazing staff, supported by our board, adapted and responded, changing lives and helping people to begin a brighter future. We are hugely grateful to the organisations and people who supported us, without which our work is not possible.
“We also hope the award will be considered a recognition of the amazing and important work being done by many organisations, big and small, across the country, supporting refugees and people seeking protection. Above all we dedicate this award to the people we work with.”
Heydi Foster from An Cosán was awarded the Excellence in Charity Leadership; the Ronald McDonald House Ireland won the People’s Choice Award; Barretstown won Charity Board of the Year; The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation (Finance Team of the Year), Focus Ireland and Irish Red Cross (Joint winners Fundraising Campaign of the Year), Dogs Trust Ireland (Best Supporter Experience), Irish Youth Foundation and McDonald’s (Best Corporate Charity Partnership), Brighter Communities (Small Charity Big Impact), Michelle Hynes from Focus Ireland (Emerging Leader), Ciara Feehely from Vita Ireland (Outstanding Fundraiser of the Year), and Irish Red Cross (Fundraising Team of the Year).
Phone the IRC at 01 764 5062 or email [email protected]
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