Irish Wheelchair Association cancels annual street collection due to COVID pandemic

Charity asks public to support its online appeal ‘Without You, We’re Stuck’

Irish Wheelchair Association has decided to cancel its annual street collection due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The charity said the decision was made to protect the health and safety of the public, its volunteers and the people it supports.

The charity has launched an appeal called ‘Without You, We’re Stuck’ and is asking people to make a donation through its website, iwa.ie.

The annual collection, which takes place in towns across Ireland, raises €300,000 towards the charity’s work with people with physical disabilities. This is the first time in its 30-year history that it has been cancelled.

Sarah Joyce, Head of Fundraising at Irish Wheelchair Association, said:

“The loss of this critical income is concerning at a time when our local fundraising events have already had to stop. We estimate that we will have lost almost €1 million in fundraising income by the end of the year. Without this support, our services and the people we support, will be stuck.

We rely entirely on the generosity of the public to fund our wheelchair accessible buses, which are a lifeline for connecting people who cannot access public transport, to our services. Our children’s sports clubs, driving school and many other social supports are also supported through local fundraising efforts.

We are all in this together as we face this pandemic and we are committed to protecting public health and that of our members and volunteers. As we sadly cancel our street collection, we are asking people, if they can afford it, to make a donation to iwa.ie.

Irish Wheelchair Association is Ireland’s largest membership organisation for people with physical disabilities. It supports 4,000 people every week in every county of Ireland.

This year is our 60th anniversary and while we have had to postpone many plans, our frontline workers have redoubled their efforts to ensure that nobody we support has been left alone and isolated throughout the crisis,” said Sarah Joyce. “Our members depend on our services and as an organisation we are working tirelessly to keep everyone we support connected to their communities.

Our 57 community centres were turned into outreach services within hours of lockdown being announced. Our assisted living team, which provides home support, has continued their essential work in people’s homes, with an emergency team of courageous frontline staff ready to work in full PPE with people who have to isolate.

Our services are needed now, more than ever. We would be incredibly grateful if people could remember their local Irish Wheelchair Association centre this week and make a donation through our website.”

To support Irish Wheelchair Association’s ‘Without You We’re Stuck’ appeal visit iwa.ie/stuck

For media queries contact:

Megan Fitzsimons
Communications Officer
Irish Wheelchair Association
087 254 5644

Notice to IWA Staff members

In conjunction with a major update to the IWA public website, we will soon be changing the way you log into the Staff Intranet, email and People Planner.

Shortly, you will no longer be able to access these facilities using the IWA website, instead you must use https://www.iwaonline.ie.

As always you can contact IT through email, it@iwa.ie, if you have any queries.