18th December 2015:
SHARE students have launched their 46th fast and fundraising campaign for Cork’s older people with the blessing of the SHARE Crib in the city centre.
SHARE (Students Harness Aid for the Relief of the Elderly), the organisation for the care of Cork’s older people, launched its traditional fast and fundraising campaign at the SHARE Crib, Daunt’s Square, Cork, (near Grand Parade) on the wet and windy evening of Tuesday 15th December 2015. It is the 46th year in which almost 1,800 fourth and fifth-year students from 21 Cork schools rally round yet again to raise funds for SHARE. This is the only fundraising campaign the organisation undertakes throughout the year, running in the city centre right up to and including Christmas Eve.
The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Chris O’ Leary, together with Bishop John Buckley and Bishop Paul Colton, joined the young students of SHARE at the ceremony at the specially erected Christmas Crib at Daunt’s Square, Cork. The Army band of the First Southern Brigade, under the baton of Captain Brian Prendergast, played a selection of traditional Christmas carols to mark the occasion and citizens of Cork turned out to share in the blessing.
Speaking on behalf of the SHARE Student Executive (a volunteer group of 56 young students tasked with steering the initiative) Chairman Tony Cusack said: ‘The Crib is the focal point of the Christmas collection and is synonymous with a Cork Christmas. We are ready and willing to get out there on the streets, no matter what the weather brings and will be doing the best we can for SHARE and the older people it supports all year long.’
Tony, who is a 5th year student from Presentation College, continued: ‘I am really proud to carry the torch for an organisation whose fantastic work has helped so many people over 46 years. Hopefully the people of Cork will continue to be fully behind us. We fundraise only once a year and whatever is raised then has to stretch to cover so many essential services for the year ahead. For those who may not be familiar with SHARE, your donation and the iconic yellow sticker that people wear proudly on their lapel enables 156 secure homes for at risk older people to be provided currently in and around the city. Your donation goes towards maintaining all of those homes and the continued safety and comfort of the individuals living in them, while making sure that they can enjoy independent living, yet feel part of the community and enjoying a strong sense of belonging within the SHARE family’.
Tony went on to say that The Brother Jerome Kelly Day Care Centre in Sheare’s Street, Cork, which is open daily for residents and members of the wider older community in the city, can cater for up to 125 older people weekly, providing a range of practical services, including meals, a laundry service, and a network of support to help them integrate into the community and meet like-minded individuals in a bright, warm place.
The 1,800 students will work hand in hand throughout the campaign, looking after one another and motivating one another as they don their bright yellow jackets and do their best for SHARE. ‘They take turns in fasting for SHARE, with a dedication that is truly admirable, and do so in a quiet and unassuming way, in the true spirit of team work, just as many of their parents and brothers and sisters have done in years gone by’ said Tony
Visit the SHARE Crib at Daunt’s Square, Cork (near Grand Parade) or visit their cribs at Mahon Point, Merchant’s Quay, Wilton, Blackpool, Bishopstown Court, Douglas Court, Douglas Village Shopping Centre and Riverview Shopping Centre in Bandon.
Alternatively, donations can be posted or delivered in person to SHARE, The Brother Jerome Kelly Day Care Centre, Sheare’s Street, Cork where acknowledgements will be issued immediately. www.sharecork.org
For further information please contact:
Judy Hopkins/ Clair Collins
021 4272200 / 086 3120752
Editors Notes – see below
SHARE is a registered charity, founded in 1970 by students from Presentation College, Cork, who raised funds to build a block of accommodation. The organisation has gone from strength since then, now encompassing 21 of Cork’s schools, whose students fast and fundraise annually at Christmastime for SHARE.
SHARE’s 156 housing units, which are located around the city, are comfortable, secure and homely, with user-friendly bathrooms and security systems and overseen by SHARE personnel on an on-going basis.
The continuous maintenance and running of SHARE’s homes dotted around the city at Blarney St, Shandon St, Blackpool, Grattan St, Sunday’s Well, Abbey St, and Sheare’s St. is a constant commitment for SHARE, one it is happy to undertake to ensure residents can live in peace and comfort.
2015 improvements: During 2015 improvements were carried out on several homes, including re-roofing, flooring, lighting, tiling, bathrooms fittings, boilers, insulation and general repairs and these are on-going and costly. There have also been work carried out to install ‘wet rooms’ which allow for greater accessibility. This is all in addition to maintaining the homes generally, along with the common areas, gardens and providing all the services listed here.
SHARE’S Day Care Centre
SHARE has also built the magnificent Brother Jerome Kelly Day Care Centre on Sheare’s Street Cork which can cater for up to 125 older people who are living in their own homes in the vicinity of the Centre on a weekly basis, and the Centre is a welcome community centre for its own SHARE residents to enjoy also.
Established in 2001 and offering a range of specialised care services to the senior citizens of Cork city, the Day Care Centre is open from Monday to Friday, 10.30am to 3.45pm. Availing of a range of medical and non-medical services, with a nurse at the centre every day, attendees have an opportunity to meet new friends in a warm, central and spacious environment.
Day C are Centre attendees are a lso free to take part in a wide range of activities, at their own pace, from exercise and dance, to arts and crafts, bingo, singing, card games, baking and more. Other services available include daily Holy Communion, physiotherapy, assisted bathing and hairdressing and a taxi service to and from their homes for those who need it.
SHARE Students commitment
The SHARE students, throughout their fourth and fifth years at Cork’s secondary schools, undertake a continuous caring programme during the year, with weekly visits to the Day Care Centre and to common rooms at SHARE’s other complexes or visits to the SHARE residents own homes, if that is what they wish. During these visits, the students and their older counterparts enjoy a laugh, play games or sit quietly together to discuss football, fashion or the ways of the world. SHARE sees this initiative as a very important part of its ethos, fostering intergenerational understanding and a genuine caring attitude in those who participate. Both sides feel they learn a lot from each other, and they learn to appreciate one another’s histories, and the ups and downs of life.
15th December 2014:
The 45th traditional SHARE Christmas campaign is launched, as students from 20 of Cork’s schools fast and fundraise for Cork’s elderly.
SHARE (Students Harness Aid for the Relief of the Elderly), the organisation for the care of Cork’s elderly, launched its traditional fast and fundraising campaign at the SHARE Crib, Daunt’s Square, Cork, (near Grand Parade) yesterday. The event saw an impressive turnout for its 45th year, in which almost 1,500 fourth and fifth-year students from 20 schools rallying round to raise funds for SHARE.
Special Guests, including The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Mary Shields, Bishop John Buckley and Bishop Paul Colton, and Minister for State, Kathleen Lynch TD, joined the young students of SHARE at the opening ceremony at the specially erected Christmas Crib at Daunt’s Square, Cork. The Army band of the First Southern Brigade played Christmas seasonal carols to add to the already festive atmosphere around the Crib. ”
The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Catherine Clancy, together with Bishop John Buckley and Bishop Paul Colton, will join the young students of SHARE to mark the start of this unique and necessary campaign centred around the Crib at Daunt’s Square, Cork, while The Cork City Fire Brigade & Togher Pipe Band will play seasonal tunes, creating a real sense of occasion for the commencement of the Christmas campaign at The Crib in Daunt’s Square, Cork.
Almost 1,500 students will be participating in the fast and fundraising, with their bright yellow sealed collection boxes and yellow jackets, encouraging people to donate to SHARE and help sustain and enhance the important work of this beloved Cork charity. The SHARE boys and girls will collect in the city centre only up until Christmas Eve, as many of their parents and brothers and sisters have done before them. The general public will also have an opportunity to give donations at SHARE cribs in specific shopping centres around the city and suburbs or at the Brother Jerome Kelly Day Care Centre on Sheare's Street, Cork.‘Visit the SHARE Crib at Daunt’s Square, or visit their cribs at Mahon Point, Merchant’s Quay, Wilton, Blackpool, Bishopstown Court, Douglas Court and Douglas Village Shopping Centre. Alternatively, donations can be posted or delivered in person to SHARE, The Brother Jerome Kelly Day Care Centre, Sheare’s Street, Cork where acknowledgements will be issued immediately.