Angel Day, The Irish Wheelchair Association’s angelic annual fundraiser, which will be taking place from November 9 to 13, was launched recently by members of The Galway All Ireland Minor Hurling Team.
The IWA angel pins and angel pencils will be sold nationwide for €2 and all the money raised will help to fund services for the 20,000 members throughout Ireland.
The IWA was founded in 1960 by a small group of wheelchair users committed to improving the lives of people with physical disabilities in Ireland. Almost 50 years on IWA provides services nationally, including 60 resource and outreach centres, assisted living services, motoring advice, assessment and tuition, youth services, training and education, respite and holidays, wheelchair sales and rental, peer counselling,and sport. The group works to achieve greater independence, freedom, and choice for people living with a disability.
Speaking about this year’s campaign, CEO Kathleen McLoughlin said: “Our annual Angel campaign allows us to generate the funds to provide essential resources and services to many people with disabilities. Our members rely on us for essential services, such as personal assistants to support them in their daily living. In these tight times, with reduced funding sources, we are doing our very best to avoid cutting the services we provide to our members in their own homes and in the community. We are asking the general public to support our essential work by buying these lovely angel pins and pencils.”
The angel pins and pencils which each cost €2 will be sold by a network of volunteers in towns and cities throughout the country. They will be on sale for the month of November.