The work of St Luke’s Home, a care facility for the elderly located in the Cork suburb of Mahon which has operated in the city since the 1870s, was celebrated yesterday at the launch of its annual fundraising campaign.
At the launch at the Irish Examiner offices in Linn Dubh, Blackpool, Cork, were Rev Edwin Hunter and Joan Hanna, directors, CEO David O’Brien, funding committee members Dave O’Driscoll, Ted Crosbie, and Brian Lenihan, Oonagh O’Driscoll, director of marketing, John Mullins who will be guest speaker at the lunch on October 9, and Lord Mayor of Cork, Chris O’Leary.
The 22nd annual corporate fundraising lunch for St Luke’s will take place at the Maryborough House Hotel.
“Traditionally our lunch is very well attended with loyal Cork support returning every year to contribute to this significant fundraiser for the home,” said Mr O’Brien.
“Since we started back in 1993, our lunch has raised a total of approximately €320,000, all of which has helped to maintain the excellent services and care available at St Luke’s.”
Mr O’Brien said everyone involved with the care home was aware that companies are watching their margins and that many good charities are looking for support.
“However, the specialist Alzheimer and dementia care services provided at St Luke’s are vital, don’t go far enough, and require charitable donations to sustain them in the future,” he said.
“Not only are we responsible for the 128 residents, up to 100 day care clients every week, respite clients and the subsidised training of substantial numbers in the elderly healthcare sector via our education centre Northridge House, we are also developing our outreach service through the provision of information and advice sessions to the general public looking after an older relative at home.”
St Luke’s has also joined forces with Age Action and the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland in awareness campaigns around dementia- friendly communities.
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