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Tomorrow (Thursday), Facebook Ireland will host a free webinar session for Irish charities. The session is part of Facebook’s Friday for Good (FFG) programme which provides free training and support for Irish charities to maximise their reach and fundraising potential through Facebook.

Fundraisers on Facebook have raised over €1.8 billion worldwide for non-profit and personal causes. The Irish Cancer Society alone has raised €1.3 million through Facebook fundraising, since the tools were launched in 2018.

In this online training session, Facebook experts will help NGOs set up their Pages to ensure they can access fundraising tools and guide them through tools such as the ‘Donate’ button, which can be placed on an organisation’s Facebook page and Instagram profile, in a post, or on a Facebook Live, enabling the charity to raise money in real time.

Launched in 2019, Facebook Ireland's Friday for Good programme has supported over 210 Irish charities through monthly workshops, training sessions and events and supported their campaigns with over €130,000 worth of free ad credit.

“The impact of FFG has gone beyond our expectations," Evin Gaffney, who leads the programme, said.

"To date, we’ve helped hundreds of non-profits such as Debra Ireland, Friends of the Elderly, Pieta House and Enable Ireland run campaigns on Facebook to achieve their fundraising ambitions. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, unfortunately we’ve seen a number of annual charity initiatives and fundraisers cancelled. However, through the FFG webinar this week, we want to show NGOs across Ireland that by using our fundraising tools, you can still generate support and collect donations directly through Facebook.”

The webinar will take place at 12pm and is part of ‘Boost with Facebook’, a free weekly webinar series providing training and support to Irish SMEs and NGOs. The webinars are free and people can register to view them at Boost With Facebook.

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Better late than never Christmas present for St Francis Special School

By Sean Moriarty St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use. Husband and wife team Ciaran […]

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By Sean Moriarty

St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use.

Husband and wife team Ciaran and Karen Dwyer, directors of Guerin Engineering and Pumps Ltd in Kilcummin, presented the special adapted bicycle to the staff and pupils at the Beaufort school on Tuesday.

After seeing an online request last December that the school needed the bike, they decided to gift one.

They contacted Glencar Medical, a Dublin-based firm that specialises in the supply of equipment to schools like St Francis, and ordered the bicycle.

However, nothing is straightforward in the current climate, Brexit, COVID and war all contributed to a delay in getting the bike to Ireland. Once it was in Dublin there were further delays in sourcing the special straps that St Francis’ children need to ride the bike safely.

It all came to a happy ending this week when the Dwyers were finally able to present their Christmas present to the school.

“We saw this request and we contacted the school and said we wanted to buy one, they told us where to get one, and we ordered it,” Karen told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We had it paid for by the end of the year but then it took three months to get it into the country. It took more time to import the specialist parts. The costs were increasing but we did not mind at all.”

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Jordan Lee to tell his story to the county’s schools

Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry. The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series […]

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Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry.

The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series of informal talks on his achievements and how he overcame his disability to reach the top of his chosen sport.

The 21-year-old was born with a foreshortened left arm known as amniotic band syndrome but has enjoyed a successful sports career which included representing Ireland at the Tokyo Olympics last summer.

Now he wants to share his story and inspire other students to follow their dreams.

His tour started last week at Colaiste na Sceilge in Cahersiveen and over the next few weeks, depending on his training schedule, will visit schools in Firies, Milltown, and Killarney.

“Don’t be afraid of people with disabilities or different backgrounds,” he said. “A few years ago there was only typical people in classrooms – you never came across people with disabilities or from various different countries. It is a lot more mixed now. I want to inspire people to treat everyone on the same level.”

‘Jordan’s Drive’ is made possible thanks to his role as a brand ambassador for Kelliher’s Garage, dealer principal, Tim Kelliher explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“Having got to know Jordan so well over the last couple of years we have come to realise how much of an inspiration he is so we decided to ask him to hop into his Toyota CHR Hybrid and bring his story out into the highways and byways of the Kingdom,” he said.

“Headlined ‘Jordans Drive’ and organised by my marketing team headed by Yvonne McMahon they have travelled to many of the schools around Kerry from Cahersiveen to Beaufort, Killorglin and with other dates planned for Firies and Milltown to name but a few. He has spoken his many words of wisdom to the children who have been in awe of the journey and his achievements, and we at Kelliher’s Garage are delighted and proud to have him as our brand ambassador.”

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