The organisers of a Limerick initiative called “Every Child is Your Child” have announced details of an upcoming extravaganza in Thomond Park to raise funds for parents who are living in direct provision as they await approval of their refugee status.
The event will take place on Saturday May 12th , and consists of a dinner evening with entertainment from Voice of Ireland star Sharon Murphy and African band Elikya. It is supported by a range of business, sporting and other organisations including the University of Limerick, Doras Luimní and Limerick City & County Council.
Speaking earlier this year, one of the organisers, Finn Lannon, said “This promises to be a fun
evening with a difference. It’s not every day that people get a chance to enjoy an evening of music and good food at Thomond Park for just €30 while contributing to a deserving cause at the same time.”
“Last year was such a huge success for the asylum-seeking community of Limerick. We were able to help over 50 children and parents through schoolbooks, uniforms and other school fees thanks to the people of the mid-west’s generous support” said another of the organisers Donnah Vuma, who is herself living in direct provision.
“We want people to come along to enjoy themselves in Thomond Park on May 12th” added Donnah.
“But we’re also asking the public and businesses to donate towards the purchase of tickets for
people in direct provision. With an allowance of only €21.60 a week, and not being allowed to work, they cannot normally afford nights out like this.”
University of Limerick’s President Des Fitzgerald spoke about the need for such causes in our
community and Organisations like this are the reason why Limerick is such a well-regarded city.
“It is about empowering people and encouraging harmony and interdependence among parents from different nationalities residing in Ireland, focusing on those living in direct provision. And that’s something I definitely support.”
Leonie Kerins, CEO of Doras Luimní, urged support for the event adding “This is a fantastic
community-based initiative that helps to raise awareness of the challenges people living in Direct Provision face while also doing something very practical to address the situation. We hope the people of Limerick will come out and support this event, which brings people together for a great night and for a great cause.”
Tickets for the Every Child is Your Child night at Thomond Park are on sale for €30 from Doras Luimni and in Limerick, where donations can also be made. Tickets are also available online from
everychildireland.org or by emailing [email protected]
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