After a long hiatus it has been fantastic to start up our fundraising events once again and so nice to meet so many of our supporters face to face.  We wanted to touch base and let you know what we have been up and tell you about the exciting fundraising challenges and events we have coming up.

Our summer BBQ took place on the 10th September in the Royal St George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire.  Following a drinks reception kindly sponsored by Kinsale Gin, guests were treated to a delicious BBQ with a wide selection of barbecued meats and salads.  The amazing Lester Cassidy then told his remarkable story of how he sustained his spinal cord injury, overcame a brain tumour and went on to climb Croagh Patrick this year with the help of his friends raising an incredible €146,000 for ourselves and the NRH Foundation.  The guests then hit the dancefloor and boogied the night away to the fabulous Heebie BeeGees.  The event raised over €10,000.

The following weekend SII hosted our inaugural London Lunch in the prestigious Queen’s Club.  Despite the air of mourning that hung over the capital city due to the Queen’s death, the sun shone as 120 guests joined us for a drinks reception followed by a delicious lunch in the Presidents Room.  The beautiful Jenna Fitzgerald then shared her personal story of sustaining a spinal cord injury at a friend’s wedding 8 years ago.  Her openness and honesty touched many hearts as she related the turbulent journey of her recovery.  She is a remarkable lady and we are so grateful both to her and to all the guests who supported our first foray into the UK.  It was a great success raising over £30,000 and, it’s safe to say, we’ll be back.

Fundraising Challenges

We have two fantastic fully accessible fundraising challenges coming up in 2023.

Algarve Cycle 14th – 20th May 2023Following the success of last year, Spinal Injuries Ireland and the IRFU Charitable Trust are co-hosting an accessible cycling challenge in the Algarve from May 14th to 20th 2023.

  • 5 days cycling, a different route each day
  • a choice of 2 routes of varying distances available each day to cater for all levels of  experience and ability (over 100 Kms per day for advanced cyclists).
  • support van with spare parts, nutrition and collection option available each day.
  • both able bodied and disabled cyclists welcome.

Fundraising:  €4,000 (€300 non-refundable deposit plus €3,700 additional fundraising)

A reduced cost of €2,000 will be made available to partners of participants. Partners will not take part in the cycling and are free to explore Quinta and/or enjoy the hotel on a daily basis.

To find out more click HERE

Algarve Cycle

Pirates of the Caribbean

Following the success of our first two SII Tall Ships Challenges back in 2019 and again in 2022, which were in Cork and Poole respectively, we decided the only way to improve on the voyages was to head for warmer climes!

Spinal Injuries Ireland has commissioned the SV Tenacious Tall Ship to lead a crew of 35 people of all abilities on the voyage of a lifetime. We will sail from the stunning location of Antigua around the nearby isles (where we will hopefully dock, weather permitting), before heading back to Antigua before flying back home to Dublin.

Our crew shall be made up of 8 people with a spinal cord injury, their personal assistants, and 19 further people from all backgrounds and abilities. No sailing experience is required; all that is needed is determination. There are no passengers on this Tall Ship though. Every person has a role, every person is an equal member of the crew, and every person contributes to the success of this voyage as part of a powerful team of individuals. If you join the crew you will be on shift, on duty and part of the team!

To find out more click on the button below.
Caribbean Tall Ships Adventure
Cork Jazz Ball

We are really looking forward to welcoming back our Cork supporters and revellers to the Cork Jazz Ball on 29th October.  We are moving to a new venue this year, the Cork International Hotel.  Music will be provided by the Underscore Orchestra and Gemma and the Jets.

So, if you are fed up of all the enforced social isolation we have all had to endure and fancy getting your glad rags on and dancing to a bit of ragtime and boogie woogie click HERE to secure your ticket. They’ll go fast. You have been warned!

So, plenty to choose from whether you fancy a cycle, a bit of sailing or hitting the dance floor.  We hope there is something there to tickle your fancy.

Cork Jazz Ball Tickets
That’s it folks.  You’re up to speed with all things fundraising for now.

Thank you so much to everyone who has supported our fundraising efforts by taking on challenges, attending events, providing auction lots and prizes, buying Monthly Prize Draw tickets or just simply donating.  We couldn’t do what we do without you and it is truly appreciated.

Stay well all.

Best wishes from the Fundraising Team

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