Sisters lifting spirits & raising funds for CHI at Crumlin
Sisters, Amanda and Valerie Darcy ran a crèche together for 25 years in their home town of Ballinasloe. Having taken early retirement in 2017, they were both keen to do some good with their time. It was when they found a stock of balloons, unused from their crèche days, that a fundraising idea was born. They decided to do a once off sale of these balloons for charity.
“We had never done anything like this before, and had no idea what we needed to do to get set up. We first of all chose the charity and put in a call to Children’s Health Foundation Crumlin, we spoke to one of the Communities Team who guided us on how to start the process and get registered with them, along with receiving a support letter for our fundraising. The team also sent us out some of their branded tops, posters and newsletter which helped us talk about where the funds help in CHI at Crumlin. They also advised us that that we would need paperwork and permits to sell the balloons and so went to our local Garda station, they were so helpful in sorting out permits for us. We then contacted some shops to find out if they would allow us to sell the balloons outside.
We had no idea what to expect on that first day, we brought 28 balloons with us and set up outside the shop in Tuam – within 7 minutes we had sold out!
We couldn’t believe it, people just loved the balloons. After the success of that first day we decided to keep doing it. We love being out in the community and meeting people, its great fun and we are doing it for a great cause. It really is magic, the balloons sell themselves.
We now have 29 shops that we travel to, people have gotten to know us and we love the social aspect of it. Unfortunately due to COVID19, we have not been out since January 2020 and we really miss it.” Valerie Darcy, Fundraiser
Since 2017 the ladies have raised an amazing €20,020.68 for CHI at Crumlin. This money supports the vital work happening at CHI at Crumlin each and every day.