Healy Pulls His Weight to Support IWA
Rugby star Cian Healy took some time out to kick start Irish Wheelchair Association’s (IWA) annual fundraising campaign, Angels last week.
Joining IWA members and volunteers from his local area, Clontarf, the Leinster Prop showed his support for the range of services and supports IWA provides to people with physical disabilities. The Angels Campaign takes place throughout the month of November and IWA is currently recruiting volunteers to assist at collection points nationwide on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th November 2016.
There are many ways to support the Angels Campaign and IWA’s Fundraising Team will be assisting businesses, colleges, schools and other organisations to arrange Angels collections and events which will be ongoing throughout the month of November. The easiest way to support IWA is to purchase an Angels pin, product or text ANGELS to 50300 to make a €2 donation.
Angels is Irish Wheelchair Association’s only national fundraising campaign and this year funds raised through the sale of Angels products will be used to support the essential services, activities and sports programmes which IWA provides to people with disabilities on a daily basis. Cian celebrated the start of the Angels Campaign by joining people with disabilities and their families at IWA’s National Headquarters in Clontarf, where he began his early career with Clontarf Rugby.
Speaking at the launch Cian Healy said:
I am delighted to be involved in the Angels Campaign 2016 and to have the opportunity to support Irish Wheelchair Association to maintain and grow the essential services they provide in communities throughout Ireland. Growing up in Clontarf, I am familiar with IWA’s fleet of accessible buses, which pass my door everyday collecting local members and bringing them to the busy Day Centre in Clontarf, or transporting the wheelchair rugby and basketball teams for training and competitions.
Hundreds of volunteers are required to sell Angels products at collections points nationwide on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th November. Please show your support for the Angels Campaign and assist IWA with its fundraising efforts by volunteering some time during the two national collection days.
IWA is appealing to local communities to get behind the fundraising campaign this November. Angels Coordinator, Verona Doyle explained:
Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) provides services and supports to people with physical disabilities living in communities throughout Ireland. From IWA’s Day Centres people with physical disabilities are able to participate in educational and training programmes, community activities, seek support or advice and socialise.
Each week I am involved in supporting local people with disabilities to take part in programmes, activities or social events that make such a difference to their lives. The €2 which people donate to IWA during the Angels Campaign is immediately invested into essential services which open up a world of opportunity for our members.