All of the charities that Rowan support are chosen by our team, who have personal connections with each charity.
A list of these charities and what they represent to our team are detailed below:
Tom donated towards St. Vincent de Paul Rathkenny who do lots of great work with local families.
CMRF Crumlin provides vital funding for CHI Crumlin (previously known as Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin) and The National Children’s Research Centre to enable little patients to have the best possible outcomes.
Tom left the comfort of his home for one night to sleep-out on the grounds of the Law Society of Ireland for the Shine a Light Night 2019. Today there are over 10,000 people homeless in Ireland, 1 in 3 of them are children. On the 18th of October Tom slept on cardboard battling Ireland’s cold weather with just a sleeping bag and a cup of soup and raised a total of €6,488.30 for the cause.
Kiltale Hurling Club in conjunction with Meath River Rescue and Cycle Against Suicide held a Walk & Talk 24hr Walking Challenge
Rosabel’s Rooms was established by parents Suzanne McClean and Gary Monroe in memory of their beloved daughter Rosabel Monroe, who died suddenly and unexpectedly in April 2017, aged sixteen months. Rosabel’s Room-to-Heal Fund is providing financial support as an immediate response to the loss of a child.
Denise ran the KBC Dublin City Marathon 2019 to raise funds for Breast Cancer Ireland. Denise raised a total of €3,835.79 for the cause
Galway Hospice Foundation is a voluntary organisation established in 1986 when a group of local doctors and nurses came together with a view to developing hospice services for the people of Galway city and county, as no such services existed there at the time. It is a consultant-led, patient-focused, staff-supported service that provides quality care to patients and supports for the patient’s family or carer.
Smile Train is an international children’s charity with a sustainable approach to a single, solvable problem: cleft lip and palate. Many children with clefts around the world live in isolation, but more importantly, have difficulty eating, breathing, hearing, and speaking. Cleft repair surgery is simple, and the transformation is immediate. Smile Train’s sustainable model provides training, funding, and resources to empower local doctors in 85+ countries to provide 100%-free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care in their own communities. Smile Train use the “teach a man to fish” model focusing on training local doctors to perform cleft repairs in their communities. Those doctors then go on to train other doctors creating a long-term, sustainable system.
The Ray of Sunshine Foundation brings volunteers from all over Ireland to the poorest of the poor in underdeveloped countries having special regard for the plight of children particularly in their educational needs. They undertake building projects such as schools to empower children through education and give them a chance at a brighter and better future to improve their quality of life and give them a chance to get out of the poverty trap.
Caltra GAA organised an event where Darina Allen hosted a cookery demonstration evening. Jarlath allocated his donation making Rowan the main sponsor of the event
Prosper Meath is part of the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies. Prosper Meath provides services on behalf of the State within the towns of Navan, Trim, Kells, and Ashbourne and are driven by a commitment to national disability policy, good governance in the community, voluntary and charitable sector and a desire to be a service provider of choice and opportunity for people with disabilities and their carers.
Irish Guide Dogs is Ireland’s national charity dedicated to helping people who are vision impaired and families of children with autism to achieve improved mobility and independence.
Dog Rescue Kilronan rescue and re-home dogs. They take in strays and dogs are surrendered in from their owners when they cannot look after them anymore.
The Alzheimer Society of Ireland (a national non-profit organisation) works across the country in the heart of local communities providing dementia specific services and supports and advocating for the rights and needs of all people living with dementia and their carer’s.
Simon Community provide vital and lifesaving services to people in Dublin, Wicklow, Kildare, Meath, Louth, Cavan and Monaghan. Each day they delover outreach to people who are rough sleeping, housing for individuals and families, treatment for those dealing with health issues, support to keep people in their homes and education to get them back on their feet.
Last Hope Animal Charity rescue stray and injured animals and provide them with love, shelter, food, human companionship, medical care and spay-neuter services until a permanent loving home is found.
Since 2003, Movember has funded more than 1,250 men’s health projects around the world, challenging the status quo, shaking up men’s health research and transforming the way health services reach and support men. Movember currently funds research and support for Prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.
Peter McVerry Trust is a charity set up by Fr Peter McVerry to reduce homelessness and the harm caused by drug misuse and social disadvantage. Peter McVerry Trust provides low-threshold entry services, primarily to younger people and vulnerable adults with complex needs and offers pathways out of homelessness based on the principles of the Housing First model.
Dogs Aid is a charity set up by three ladies in 1987 to help dogs that were unwanted and abandoned in Dublin, Ireland. Since then we have helped rehabilitate and re-home hundreds of dogs and cats.
Dogs Aid has a no destruction policy, so they never put a recoverable dog or cat down, and as a result the sanctuary is a permanent home for many forever dogs that are “too old or too bold” to be re-homed.
Ataxia Foundation Ireland is a non-profit organisation founded by members with the condition (a genetic and progressive disorder of the central nervous system which usually manifests itself in children between the ages of six and sixteen years) who felt it necessary to form a new charity in the best interests of the members. Their aim is ‘To enhance quality of life for all of us with an Ataxia. We lead positive change and deliver value through experience, information, advocacy and service”.
Women’s Aid is a leading national organisation that has been working in Ireland to stop domestic violence against women and children since 1974. The Women’s Aid Helpline is the only free, national, domestic violence helpline with specialised trained staff, fully accredited with a Telephone Interpretation Service facility covering 170 languages.
Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. Around the world, they give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. Last year they reached over 49 million children directly through their and their partners’ work.
Dr. Lorcán O’Flannery
A distant cousin of Lorcán’s (Howard Flannery) had a young family in Ennis. One of the kids was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis and the couple had to traipse back and forth across the country to Dublin every weekend to take the child for treatment for many months. Many others along the west coast were in the same boat. Exhausted by this rigmarole, Howard kick-started a fundraiser to build medical treatment facilities in Clare. He persuaded all his friends and neighbours to get out for sponsored walks and runs, and they formed the Clare Crusaders. The running club transformed the health and fitness of its members and funded a medical centre which opened in 2007 at a cost of €250k with no state funding.
Tragically, Howard was killed on his bicycle on 03/06/2007 whilst training for a tri-athlon when a motorist fell asleep at the wheel. The family were devasted, and his only brother (Gordon Flannery) who lives in Listowel formed the Kerry Crusaders in 2009. The running club is hugely popular in Kerry and raises funds for a wide range of children with special needs, including medical equipment and educational hardware. Lorcán turns out for the Dublin marathon in the company of dozens of crusaders wearing the bright yellow tops of the Kerry Crusaders and the bright orange tops of the Clare Crusaders. They get fit at least once a year and help kids in need.
The mission of RMHC, Ireland, is to provide a Ronald McDonald House in order to support families whose children are seriously ill in hospital. The Ronald McDonald House provides accommodation and a caring and supportive environment for families whose children are seriously ill and are hospitalised or undergoing medical treatment at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.
Tom Sponsored NUIG’s Soccer Team in their annual raffle.