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Enable Ireland’s ‘Life With No Limits’ campaign is the annual fundraising and awareness-raising event for the organisation. This year, the campaign takes place between the 19th and 30th of September.
The campaign provides a platform for children and adults with disabilities using Enable Ireland services to share their life experiences while raising much-needed funds to support the charity’s work. This year more than ever, the charity is relying on the public’s support for their vital therapy and support services. Like many charities, the Covid-19 pandemic significantly affected Enable Ireland. In fact, they are facing a loss of €1.5million in funding due to the cancellation of fundraising events and their charity shops being closed for three months.
Enable Ireland provides services for over 9,200 children and adults with disabilities in the country. The public can contribute to these services by purchasing ‘Life With No Limits’ merchandise from one of Enable Ireland’s 21 charity shops. Otherwise, you can donate at https://www.enableireland.ie/.
2020’s Champion for the campaign is Mary Fitzgerald.
The 21-year-old para-athlete is the Irish record holder for shot put, discus, and javein. Mary was one of five students awarded a Sports Scholarship under the Quercus Talented Students’ Programme at UCC. She is now in her third year of studying Occupational Therapy.
Mary attended Enable Ireland services in Kilkenny from when she was just a few months old until she was 18. She has previously represented Ireland at para athletic events. Currently, she plans on going to the Paralympics in Tokyo in 2021. Despite her small stature, Mary lets nothing stand in her way. In her own words, “Never tell me the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the moon!”.
Watch Mary tell her own unique story here.
In partnership with Enable Ireland, Homesense has produced notebooks featuring quotes from Enable Ireland service users to raise much-needed funds. You can pick up a limited edition notebook in Homesense stores in Dublin and Cork, and TK Maxx stores nationwide. For example, Mary’s inspirational quote “Believe in yourself and you can take on the world” is featured.
Furthermore, you can help the organisation by donating a bag of quality clothing or household items into any TK Maxx store nationwide as part of their Give Up Clothes For Good campaign.
Enable Ireland’s services for children with disabilities and their families cover all aspects of a child’s physical, educational, and social development from early infancy through adolescence. For adults, they offer a range of services which include day care, training, personal development, supported and independent living, and social and leisure activities.