Family Carers Ireland launches Galway Heart of Gold fundraising campaign

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Family Carers Ireland has announced the launch of their national fundraising initiative Heart of Gold in Galway.

Supported by Horizon, Heart of Gold is a special fundraising initiative dedicated to raising vital funds, awareness, and appreciation for family carers.

The purpose of the day is not only to raise funds for Family Carers Ireland’s critical programs and services, but to also raise awareness about the challenges faced by family carers.

The proceeds collected will enable the organisation to provide crucial resources such as information, support, and advocacy for family carers, as well as drive policy changes that improve the quality of life for both carers and their loved ones.

The funds raised will be utilised to sustain the provision of essential and complimentary services that family carers rely on to care for their loved ones safely.

These services include the National Freephone Careline, counselling, and respite, which are invaluable lifelines for family carers.

Family Carers Ireland also facilitates support groups, social events, training, and carers’ forums to help family carers feel less isolated in their caring responsibilities.

Heart of Gold Day is a chance for the people of Galway to show their support for family carers by simply donating and wearing a special Heart of Gold pin.

The pins will be available for purchase from volunteers on Thursday 15 and Friday 16 June.

Speaking about the launch, Fiona Hartigan, Local Support Manager, Family Carers Ireland said they are delighted to launch the Heart of Gold fundraising campaign in Galway.

“The work of family carers is often unseen and undervalued, but it is essential. We hope that the people of Galway will show their support for family carers by getting involved in this initiative,” she said.

“This vital campaign aims to secure funds that will enable family carers to access crucial supports and services. The funds raised from the Heart of Gold campaign will enable us to sustain support for family carers in Galway.

“Our focus is on providing group meetings, as well as connecting with family carers over the phone and through home visits, to ensure they receive the support when and where they need it.”

Fiona invited everyone to join the charity on Heart of Gold Day to honour the incredible work of family carers and help us make a difference in their lives.

“With the support of our dedicated volunteers and the generosity of people in Galway, we can continue to raise awareness, advocate for positive change, and provide vital support to family carers throughout Ireland.”

Lynsey O’Donovan, a family carer, said that Family Carers Ireland has been a lifeline for her and her family.

“Their support has helped us navigate the challenges of caring for a loved one. I am grateful for the work they do, and I know that with our support, they can continue to make a real difference in the lives of carers and their loved ones.”

For more information on the Heart of Gold Day initiative or to purchase a pin, visit the Family Carers Ireland website at