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Thursday 25th January 2018:
Over 30 people from local schools, shops and businesses in Ballinasloe came together on Wednesday 24th January to present a cheque of €12,093.38 raised from their Christmas Jumper Day in December to Galway Simon Community. The get together took place in Galway Simon’s Bridge Resource Centre in Ballinasloe where the funds will be used to support clients who drop into the centre to avail of their outreach support and those in the local community who attend the centre on a regular basis.
Local Geraldine Deane, who came up with the idea of the campaign, said it was a huge success and thanked all of the participants who raised much needed funds and awareness for the Bridge Resource Centre. “I want to thank all the staff of the schools and playschools for their help in organising the fundraisers and all the students who took part. Thanks to all for your enthusiasm and support for the jumper day. I would also like to thank the management and staff of all the shops and businesses that took part on the day. The Christmas Jumper Day brought a great buzz of excitement and festive atmosphere to the town. I am so grateful to each person for their contribution towards this fundraiser. The funds raised will make a great difference to those struggling with homelessness in our community” she said.
Speaking about the impact of the Christmas Jumper Day campaign, Sinead Molloy, Fundraising Manager of Galway Simon Community said the funds raised will make a huge difference for those facing homelessness in Ballinasloe. “The support from the local community in Ballinasloe has been absolutely amazing and the funds raised from Christmas Jumper day will allow our Bridge Resource Centre to meet the needs of those who present to the service daily. Last year, the centre established their outreach service to help people at risk of homelessness and due to the demand of this, it will be expanded further this year so this funding will really help the people who benefit from this service”, Sinead said.
“We would like to extend our sincere thanks to each and every school, business and individual who participated in the campaign. We are so appreciative of the continued support we receive from the local community in Ballinalsoe, without which we would not be able to continue providing services to those who need it the most”, she added.