During Rose Week, we aim to raise vital funds for the services we provide through our dedicated Community Resource Officers in our offices across the country.
Rose Week traditionally would have been characterised by public facing local fundraising events to support our work. However, due to the ongoing pandemic and in the interest of public health, we are seeking support for the week online.
Epilepsy Ireland are the only organisation in the country who raise awareness of a condition which affects 40,000 people in Ireland today. While we are supported through state grants, these do not meet the total cost of the services that we provide for people with epilepsy and for our work in educating the public about epilepsy. We depend on fundraising to cover the gap between state grants and the actual cost of running our service. In 2019, 34% of Epilepsy Ireland’s total income of €1,735,588 came from fundraising.
The pandemic has had a devastating effect on our fundraising capabilities with a drop of fundraising income recorded at 52% for the period March 1st – Aug 31st. This is due to the loss of traditional events such as church gate collections, marathons and events organised by our wonderful members & volunteers.
Throughout this period, the demand for the services we provide has remained high. We have continued our vital services for people with epilepsy and have apdapted services for online delivery.
Now more than ever, we need your suppport in order to continue our work. Please support Rose Week by donating; by liking and sharing our posts; and by sharing your story of how our services have supported you or your family.
With your support, we can achieve a society where no person's life is limited by epilepsy.
You can see more on #RW2020 and how you can help here.