Every child in Direct Provision will get a Christmas present this year following fundraiser
A fantastic achievement.
A fundraiser launched to ensure that children in Direct Provision won't be left out this Christmas has achieved its goal following generous donations from the general public and businesses alike.
A joint venture between Bohemian Football Club and Dublin's Bang Bang café, the fundraising drive received a huge response from the public for the fourth year running.
As a result, all 2,500 children in Ireland's Direct Provision system will get a Christmas present this year, ranging from toys to clothes and vouchers.
At time the time of writing on Tuesday evening, the official fundraising page has reached almost €75,000.
It is estimated that approximately €100,000 has been raised in total following a dedicated campaign carried out by numerous volunteers in addition to those who took the time to donate.
The news arrives on the same day that leading online fundraising platform GoFundMe named Ireland as the most generous country in the world for the third year in a row.
All gifts will be sorted and packed at the RDS in Dublin before being delivered to Direct Provision centres across the country by DHL Express Ireland.
"Direct Provision needs to end," notes a statement on the official fundraiser page.
"It is inhumane and degrading. Let's at least make it slightly better for children this Christmas."
We did it🔴⚫️
Toys, clothes & vouchers for EVERY kid in Direct Provision in Ireland
Bualadh Bos to the thousands who donated to the club @BangBangD7 @PantiBliss others & the dozens of volunteers
To the @TheRDS & club partners @DHLExpressIre who we couldn’t do it without✊🏻 pic.twitter.com/xZ6PKnpT6p
— Bohemian Football Club (@bfcdublin) December 7, 2021