Put on your happy face for Jack and Jill

A record number of over 100 professional photographers from around the country have already signed up to IPPA Happy Faces in association with Canon which takes place nationwide from 29th March to 6th April 2013.

A record number of over 100 professional photographers from around the country have already signed up to IPPA Happy Faces in association with Canon which takes place nationwide from 29th March to 6th April 2013.

Local photographers Paddy Clarke Photography are once again taking part in the campaign and local people are invited to have their portrait taken and help raise money to to provide home nursing care to young children in Dundalk who have developmental delay as a result of brain damage

Since 1997 Jack & Jill has supported 39 children and their families in Co Louth with home nursing care and much needed respite and Jack & Jill requires just over €93462 per year to support the families under its wing in the county.

This is the 7th year of IPPA Happy Faces - The Irish Professional Photographers Association (IPPA) for the past 60 years have raised the quality and standards of Professional Photography in Ireland as well as the rankings of Irish Professionals globally. To date the IPPA have raised €250,000 for Irish Charities IPPA Photographers are qualified, registered and insured professionals.

The way the campaign works is that people – young and old - go to their local participating IPPA photographer during IPPA Happy Faces Day events for an individual professional portrait in return a €25 donation, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation to support families locally.

Vouchers for IPPA Happy Faces can be purchased in advance from Jack & Jill and make great birthday presents. To find out more log on to www.jackandjill.ie or www.happyfacesday.ie

The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation was set up in 1997 by Jonathan Irwin and his wife Senator MaryAnn O’Brien (MD of Lily O’Brien’s Chocolates) to provide home nursing care to young children in Ireland who have developmental delay as a result of brain damage. They decided to set up Jack & Jill based on their own experience with their son Jack and from their experience evolved the Jack & Jill model of home nursing and respite care that supports nearly 300 families in Ireland today. The service includes home visits, advice, information, funding, lobbying and bereavement support. Jack & Jill requires €2.7 million per annum to operate this service and, with less than 20% coming from the State, the Foundation raises the money it needs through mobile phone recycling, public donations and fundraisers such as IPPA Happy Faces in association with Canon. See www.happyfacesday.ie or www.jackandjill.ie

Website: www.paddyclarke.ie

Email: info@paddyclarke.ie

13 Jocelyn Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth, Ireland.

Tel / Fax: +00 353 42 9335746

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Further information: Carmel Doyle 087 2473537 / Mary McCullough 086 83 44478

www.happyfacesday.ie www.irishphotographers.com