Shannon RFC and CARI (Children At Risk In Ireland) have joined forces in promoting a raffle which will raise some much-needed funds for both organisations.
CARI (Children At Risk In Ireland) provide therapy and counselling services for children who have been affected by sexual abuse and their non abusing family members.
CARI also provide a national helpline for anyone with concerns about child sexual abuse, the number is 1890 924567.
At the launch of the CARI/Shannon draw, Anne Byrnes, a Senior Development Executive with CARI, outlined CARI’s role.
“We are a voluntary organisation that relies heavily on the generosity of the public to finance our therapy services,” she said.
“Over 60% of our income comes in through fundraising events like this raffle that we are doing in association with Shannon RFC.
“All funds raised by CARI from this raffle will go directly towards financing our therapy services at our Limerick centre which is based on the Ennis Road.”
Also at the launch was Shannon RFC Chairman Jack Keane who reiterated the importance of the venture to both organisations.
“CARI offer an excellent service and their association with child welfare is something that we in Shannon RFC are fully supportive of,” said Keane.
“We cater for almost 500 underage players and we are delighted to be associated with such a proactive organisation such as CARI.”
Also on hand to launch the joint raffle was Shannon RFC captain Mossie Lawlor, Frank Mc Namara from CARI and Shannon, Munster and Ireland hooker Jerry Flannery.
Anyone interested in supporting CARI through this event should call their fundraising office on tel: 061 582200. Tickets will also be available through Shannon members and players over the next few weeks.
For €;5, participants will be in with a chance to win one of three fantastic prizes:
First Prize –
Two tickets for Munster’s Heineken Cup quarter-final against Northampton Saints on April 10, with a pre-match meal and accommodation in the Carlton Castletroy Hotel
Second Prize –
Two tickets for Ireland v Scotland at Croke Park on March 20th with evening meal and accommodation in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Newland’s Cross
Third Prize –
Two Tickets for Manchester United v Chelsea on April 3
The draw will take place in CARI House on Tuesday, March 16.
Both organisations are very grateful to the Carlton Castletroy Hotel and the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel for their generous sponsorship of the raffle.
For more information on CARI’s services, please visit www.cari.ie.