The charity race night in aid of the Birches Alzheimer’s Day Care Centre proved a huge success and raised a magnificent €18,100.
This was far more than the organisers had ever hoped to achieve and is testimony to the high esteem in which this voluntary organisation is held by the people of Dundalk, north, and mid-Louth.
Over 130 businesses from in and around Dundalk took part in what proved to be a wonderful evening.
Twenty of them sponsored races and 115 sponsored jockeys.
And the raffle on the night raised €1,700 and 190 tickets to the event were sold.
Image IT Group and Joe Durnin co-organised the charity race night which was held at Dundalk golf Club.
“We had over 160 people attending on the evening,” said Peter Durin of Image IT, “and over 130 businesses supported the event.”
Although the evening was organised by Image IT Group and Joe Durnin and Company, the Durnin family including Dave, Joe, Peter, Paul, and Ciara, were the driving force behind this hugely successful event.
Thanks to Dave, the audio visual on the night was very impressive with over eight large TV screens displaying sponsors names and details of races.
“The response from local businesses and all those who attended the night was fantastic and we would like to thank everybody who donated and supported the race night” said Peter. It was absolutely fantastic.
“We can’t thank people enough for their support.”
“The Birches provide vital services to people suffering with dementia and we were happy to be able to help.”
The funds are badly needed to maintain the outstanding work of The Birches Alzheimer’s Day Centre and the organisers have been greatly surprised by the massive support for the charity race night.
They had hoped to raise over 10,000, but have nearly doubled that.
The Birches began in 1992 at St Joseph’s Redemptorist monastery when the first family members and their friends came together to share their knowledge and experience about Alzheimer’s disease.
Thus began the Family Support Group that has flourished and become a great source of comfort to many families over the years.
It was from within this group that The North Louth Branch Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland was formed in 1994. Following the establishment of the branch a group of voluntary fundraisers sought a meeting with the full branch membership and this group agreed to run a casino night.
That event lit the torch that ensured the dream of building an Alzheimer Day Centre became a reality.
The Day Centre site was donated by the HSE thus enabling the state-of-the-art day centre The Birches, for people within north Louth to open on 1 June 2000. The day centre was totally funded by the people of north Louth and their continued generosity ensures that the excellent standard of care in The Birches is maintained.