The project management company, Malone Group, has come up smelling of roses with the announcement that it is to be Cystic Fibrosis Ireland's key sponsor partner for its flagship fundraising appeal, 65 Roses Day, taking place on Thursday April 13.
The Blanchardstown-headquartered company is supporting a three-week national radio advertising campaign, fronted by Cystic Fibrosis Ireland ambassador, RTÉ presenter Keelin Shanley.
The 65 Roses Day appeal – so-named after the way in which young children are first taught to say the words "cystic fibrosis" – is taking place as part of Cystic Fibrosis National Awareness Week, from April 10 to 16. It will see volunteers take to streets and shopping centres across the country selling purple roses with the aim of raising €100,000 for vital cystic fibrosis services.
Ireland's national charity for people with cystic fibrosis and their families, Cystic Fibrosis Ireland funds dedicated healthcare facilities, research, counselling and much-needed grant supports for people with cystic fibrosis in areas such as transplant assessment, fertility and bereavement.
Members of the public can support people with cystic fibrosis on 65 Roses Day, Thursday 13th April, by:
- Buying a Purple Rose for €2 or donating online at www.65rosesday.ie
- Completing a 65 Roses Challenge – see www.65rosesday.ie for details
- Texting "65 Roses" to 50300 to donate €2*
[100% of a donation goes to Cystic Fibrosis Ireland (CFI) across most network operators. Some operators apply VAT which means that a minimum of €1.63 will go to CFI. Service Provider: LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 0766805278.]
For David Gannon, Managing Director, Malone Group, supporting Cystic Fibrosis Ireland is a way of giving back to the community and helping to make a difference:
"Malone Group is delighted to be supporting Cystic Fibrosis Ireland’s 65 Roses Day and help spread the purple on 65 Roses Day. Apart from the sponsorship being provided to the national radio advertising campaign, our staff are also getting involved in a 65 Roses Challenge which will see them undertaking a 65K Cycle and hopefully raising a lot more funds. We'd encourage others to join with us in flying the flag for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland by either sponsoring our staff, or organising 65 Roses Challenges of their own.
"65 Roses Day is one of a number of fundraising endeavours that our staff are really embracing for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland as our charity of choice. We're also going to be burning rubber for the Malin to Mizen cycle in May and play our part in its One in 1,000 campaign to have one thousand women run in the VHI Women's Mini-Marathon in June. With approximately 1,200 people with cystic fibrosis in Ireland, the incidence here is higher than anywhere else globally and has a really significant impact on the lives of so many. Let's all play our part in helping to make life that little bit easier."
With Cystic Fibrosis Ireland depending on the public for the vast majority of its funding for services, Fergal Smyth, Fundraising Manager, is really hoping that people will get behind the cause and get their purple on for 65 Roses Day:
"Cystic Fibrosis Ireland depends on voluntary fundraising and public donations to fund 95 per cent of its services, so our 65 Roses Day appeal is a vital part of ensuring that we can continue to provide services so desperately needed by people with cystic fibrosis and their families. For example, in areas such as bereavement support, counselling, transplant assessment, fertility treatment and exercise equipment, we provide a range of patient grants so that people with cystic fibrosis and their families can access the supports that they need. So whether it's buying a purple rose on 65 Roses Day for €2, texting '65 Roses' to 50300 at a cost of €2*, donating online atwww.65rosesday.ie, or doing your own 65 Roses challenge, we are hoping that everyone will show their true purple colours and make 65 Roses Day this year the best yet."
* [100% of a donation goes to Cystic Fibrosis Ireland (CFI) across most network operators. Some operators apply VAT which means that a minimum of €1.63 will go to CFI. Service Provider: LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 0766805278.]