100 Men Who Give A Damn make a difference to Galway Autism Partnership

Founding member of 100 Men Who Give A Damn!, and Connacht Rugby player, Eoin McKeon states, “It felt great after I heard there were two winners last time. It is always hard to pick a winning pitch and I felt the money could have gone to any one of the three charities.”

Founding member of 100 Men Who Give A Damn!, and Connacht Rugby player, Eoin McKeon states, “It felt great after I heard there were two winners last time. It is always hard to pick a winning pitch and I felt the money could have gone to any one of the three charities.”

Galway organisation, 100 Men Who Give A Damn has been described as ‘Dragon’s Den’ for charities by providing funding opportunities for specific charity projects. Every quarter, the organisation’s members invite three local charities to deliver a five-minute pitch on why their charity needs funds. The winning charity receives €100 from each member, potentially receiving up to €10,000.

Since its inception in early 2016, 100 Men Who Give A Damn have supported the local community by raising €30,400 for local charities. At their event on February 9, not one, but two charities walked away with the big prize. Galway Autism Partnership (GAP ) is a local charity that provides support and services to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Galway area and their families. GAP was one of the three charities invited to pitch at the 100 Men event in February and was delighted when their charity’s proposal was selected on the night.

100 Men donations totalled €5,900 and this money has been used to fund three different therapeutic clubs under the umbrella term ‘Operation Communication’. These clubs consisted of play therapy courses for 24 kids aged three to 11, as well as a film camp for 10 young teenagers where they had creative control on making a film about living with autism.

According to GAP Board Member, Colette Dempsey, “appearing in front of the 100 Men alongside our fellow worthy charities was an incredible experience. When our name was called on the night as the winner, it was a hugely emotional moment for us. As parents we know firsthand the difference the money will make.”

100 Men Who Give A Damn are holding their sixth event this evening Thursday, May 11 at 6pm at O’Connor’s Pub in Salthill and they are inviting Galway men to join them in voting on their next beneficiary. For more information, visit their website www.100men.ie or contact Craig Brown by emailing [email protected].

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