National Angel Press Release
Friday, 1st November 2013, Dublin: Angels is the Irish Wheelchair Association’s (IWA) national fundraising campaign and this year will be launched by Boyzone star, Keith Duffy. The singer, actor, radio and television presenter will be taking time out of the group’s hectic 20th anniversary tour schedule to support the Association as they prepare for the campaign which begins on Friday 8th November 2013.
Keith, who is a long-term supporter of the Irish Wheelchair Association, will be leading the call for businesses, schools and communities to support the charity, which is one of the leading service providers for people with disabilities and other mobility impairments in Ireland. A selection of Angel pins, pencils and other products will be sold by volunteers for €2 each during November and the Association is also appealing for text and online donations by simply texting DONATE to 57802 or visiting Angels 2013
This year all funds raised through the sales of Angel products will be used to support all services but will be primarily invested into replacing, maintaining and servicing IWA’s fleet of accessible vehicles, which play an essential role in delivering services to people in their local communities on a daily basis.
Speaking at the launch of the campaign, Duffy said:
‘I’ve been a supporter of the Irish Wheelchair Association for some time now and have seen first-hand the difference they make to the lives of people with physical disabilities in Ireland. Through their range of essential services the Association supports and promotes independence, dignity and enhances quality of life for people with disabilities’.
Young wheelchair user, Laoise Cronin aged 10 who has Spina Bifida joined the Boyzone Star to launch the campaign. Laoise, from North Cork has received services from the Irish Wheelchair Association for a number of years, this includes essential support and assistance at home. Her mum, Kay explained the difference that the Association makes to the family:
“Laoise is the youngest of four children and when she was a baby the support we received from the Irish Wheelchair Association was amazing. The Assisted Living Service provides a Personal Assistant at home for Laoise. This allowed me to have quality time with the other three children, whilst knowing that Laoise was getting quality, one to one time with a caring, kind and highly trained individual. She continues to have the support of a PA at home to this day, and it is an invaluable service for us.”
For further information about the Irish Wheelchair Association and the range of services they provide nationwide or to support the Angel campaign please visit Angels 2013 or contact the Association on 01 818 6400 or IWA Angels