The Irish Wheelchair Association in Co. Mayo has cancelled its annual street collection due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The charity has launched an online appeal called ‘Without You, We’re Stuck’ and is asking people to make a donation through its website, www.iwa.ie.
Irish Wheelchair Association’s annual collection, which normally takes place across the country, raises €300,000 towards the charity’s work with people with physical disabilities. This is the first time in the collection’s 30-year history that it has been cancelled.
Rosaleen Lally of the Irish Wheelchair Association from Belmullet, says the loss of this critical income is concerning at a time when its local fundraising events have had to stop. The Association estimates that it will have lost almost €1 million in fundraising income nationally by the end of the year. Without this support, the services and the people it supports, will be impacted.
“We rely entirely on the generosity of the public to fund our wheelchair accessible buses”, she explained, which are a lifeline for connecting people who cannot access public transport, to our services. Our children’s sports clubs, driving school and many other services are also supported through local fundraising efforts .We are asking people, if they can afford it, to make a donation at iwa.ie.