Kildare charities in 1% Difference campaign

Eight Kildare based charities have signed up for the One Percent Difference Campaign, which launched National Giving Week from November 11 to 17.

Eight Kildare based charities have signed up for the One Percent Difference Campaign, which launched National Giving Week from November 11 to 17.

People are being asked to donate 1% of their income or 1% of their time to a worthy cause.

By logging on to www.onepercentdifference.ie the site selects causes suited to you. Enable Ireland, Barretstown, Tracy Pigott’s charity Playing for Life, Kilcullen Community Childcare & Education Centre Ltd, Riverbank Arts Centre, Littlehill Animal Rescue & Sanctuary, Robertstown Community Amenities Association, and Mainstreet Food bank (Naas) have all signed up. Volunteers can choose to help out these Kildare causes.

“The aim of National Giving Week is to promote the relevance of Philanthropy in Ireland and to demonstrate its importance to the future development of Irish society. In Kildare, eight charities are already committed to the One Percent Difference campaign and are helping to create a national movement towards a culture of philanthropy in Ireland,” said a campaign spokesperson.

Orla O’Neill of Kilcullen Community Childcare & Education Centre Ltd said charities are under severe pressure due to Government grant cutbacks. “We are delighted to be part of it and we are hoping that people can help us out.”

Seamus Mulconry of Philanthropy Ireland said: “The not for profit sector and charities in Kildare deliver a host of services from medical research to search and rescue. Their efforts and the efforts of countless volunteers play a vital role in not only social services but our sporting and cultural life. They provide the heartbeat of community life in Kildare. Charities and not-for-profits are under pressure and government income is down while the demands on their services have risen dramatically.”