Christmas FM is delighted to announce that it has exceeded its 2014 target by raising over €100,000 for this year’s charity partner Age Action Ireland.
Age Action Ireland promotes positive aging and better services and policies for older people. The funds raised by Christmas FM will facilitate 30,000 home repair and maintenance jobs for vulnerable older people across Ireland as part of the charity’s innovative ‘Care & Repair’ programme.
Christmas FM is run as a not-for-profit operation with 100% of donations going directly to charity.
Since 2008, Christmas FM has raised over €600,000 for charities including ISPCC, Barnardos, Simon, Focus Ireland and Aware. More than 100 volunteers participated across the on-air production and promotion of the station, with each devoting between 20 and 50 hours of their time.
For the seventh year in a row, Christmas FM brought round-the-clock Christmas tunes and festive cheer to listeners in the run up to Christmas. Some of the famous faces to pop in and share their Christmas cheer, included singer Brian Kennedy, TV presenter Sile Seoige, actor Frank Kelly, AKA Fr. Jack, comedian Al Porter and Mrs. Browns Boys’ Danny O’Carroll & Paddy Houlihan.
Walter Hegarty, co-founder of Christmas FM, says: “With over €100,000 donated, Christmas FM’s listeners have yet again risen to the challenge and shown that the spirit of Christmas is alive and well in Ireland. Through their generosity Age Action will get to provided more than 30,000 care and repair visits helping our older people live happy and independent lives. We have to thank all in Centra for their committed sponsorship support and The Ballsbridge Hotel for giving us a friendly place to call home. Christmas FM seems to connect with the best in us and to work with nearly 100 other volunteers in bringing it to Ireland and around the world was a great privilege and a lot of fun.”
Eamon Timmins, Head of Advocacy and Communications, Age Action, says: “We are blown away by the generosity of the Christmas FM listeners. Their donations means Age Action will be able to carry out 30,000 home visits and DIY jobs for older people in Ireland this year. This will enable more older people to continue to live with dignity and independence in their own homes.”
Martin Kelleher, Managing Director of Centra, said: “Christmas FM really brings the spirit of Christmas to life through its festive music and the generosity of its volunteers and listeners. We at Centra were thrilled to sponsor the station for a second year in a row. It was fantastic to work with Age Action who, like Centra, are part of communities right throughout the country. As part of our partnership Centra hosted a number of Christmas lunches at Age Action community centres throughout Ireland where we witnessed a real sense of festive community spirit.”