Alzheimer’s Memory Ribbon Day
Rain has dire impact on collections for Alzheimer’s Memory Ribbon Day
Our annual nationwide Flag Day collection Alzheimer’s Memory Ribbon has been badly affected by poor weather conditions and heavy rain throughout the country today with collections down an anticipated 50% in some areas.
Hundreds of volunteers have been selling Memory Ribbons for €3 in cities, towns and villages across Ireland, but poor weather conditions has meant that fundraising for vital dementia-specific services for the 55,000 people living dementia in Ireland has been hurt badly.
You Can Still Get Involved …
● Purchase a Memory Ribbon for €3 from collectors in cities, towns and villages across Ireland on the day
● Buy a Memory Ribbon for €3 from our online shop
● Make an online donation at www.alzheimer.ie
● Use our Text To Donate service (details below)
The Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s CEO Pat McLoughlin said:
“Today is our biggest fundraising flag day – however, heavy and persistent rain has had a dire impact on street collections in particular with collections down as anticipated 50% in some areas. I’m afraid this is going to have a detrimental effect on our fundraising efforts that we badly need just to keep out services going. To ensure our services can keep running, people should please Text to Donate – text Memory to 50300 to donate €4. We are so grateful to the general public for the amazing support we have received today all over the country – people have been so generous.
“Dementia has a devastating impact on families. Services like home care, day care and support groups help thousands of people to cope. However, we under-funded and the demand for services is increasing all the time, so fundraising campaigns like today are so important to us. Every donation will go directly to help fund vital services, like our 51 day care centres around the country which provide specialist care for people with dementia or our home care service which provides trained dementia care workers for people in their own homes.”
The Alzheimer Society of Ireland ambassador Greg O’Shea said:
“This November, I’ll be remembering my nana who had Dementia and passed away only recently. Dementia has a major impact on our society; it’s one of our biggest health challenges. Please support Alzheimer’s Memory Ribbon and help to raise much-needed funds to support people with dementia around the country. People can volunteer on the day or buy a Memory Ribbon on Thursday, November 21st.”