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Launch of 2018 ECI Pyjama Day Fund!

September 20, 2018

Early Childhood Ireland is delighted to announce the launch of the 2018 Early Childhood Ireland Pyjama Day Fund.
A total of six charities were selected to receive a portion of the funds raised on Early Childhood Ireland Pyjama Day earlier this year, which amounted to almost €280,000. The recipient charities are:
  • Down Syndrome Ireland
  • Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland
  • Irish Neonatal Health Alliance
  • Temple Street Foundation
  • AsIAm
  • ReCreate
Each of the charities support children with additional needs under the age of 6.
The launch will be marked with a celebration at Ivy Lane Montessori and Crèche in Fitzwilliam Street Upper, Dublin 2. Teresa Heeney, CEO Early Childhood Ireland, will attend the launch along with Tina Roche, Chief Executive of The Community Foundation, and representatives from each of the recipient charities.
Early Childhood Ireland’s Pyjama Day is now in its fifteenth year. The annual event sees children sponsored to wear their pyjamas into crèche and preschool to raise money for children’s causes.
This year 60,000 children from 1,300 crèches and preschools nationwide signed up for the event. The €280,000 raised adds to the €2.75 million raised by Early Childhood Ireland Pyjama Day since its inception.
Speaking ahead of the launch, Teresa Heeney, CEO, Early Childhood Ireland, commented, ‘Together with The Community Foundation for Ireland, we are delighted to announce the launch of the Early Childhood Ireland Pyjama Day Fund for 2018. Early Childhood Ireland Pyjama Day is a hugely fun and exciting event that raises a tremendous amount of funds for very worthy causes each year.’
‘We would like to send our warmest congratulations to each of the six recipient charities on this announcement. This would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of our members and, on behalf of everyone at Early Childhood Ireland, I would like to sincerely thank them for their support and generosity.’
Tina Roche, The Community Foundation, added, ‘Again, in our second year of the Fund, we saw a large number of applications. In fact, there was almost a 50% increase in applications from last year. This shows that funds are badly needed for the early years for children with additional needs. Philanthropy has an important role to play in filling the gaps in existing services. There is no doubt that the projects funded will make a very significant impact.’
For media queries, please contact Grace Duffy on (01) 4040644 or 086 1448768.
Note to editors
Early Childhood Ireland is the largest organisation in the early years sector. It represents almost 3,800 childcare members, who support over 100,000 children and their families through preschool, afterschool, and full day-care provision nationwide.
The Community Foundation for Ireland is a philanthropic organisation assisting donors with their strategic giving and supporting charities and community groups through grant making. Established in 2000, The Community Foundation for Ireland has made grants on behalf of donors of over €40million, mostly in Ireland. They now manage over 70 funds established by individuals, families and businesses. The total amount on endowment with the foundation stands at €45 million. Grants exceeding €6.5 million were issued by us and on behalf of donors in 2017. The Community Foundation for Ireland helps people to engage in more effective and rewarding philanthropic activity by connecting donors to the most deserving and impactful causes.

Photography at today’s launch event at Ivy Lane Montessori and Crèche was kindly handled by Fennell Photography.

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