Eight Limerick charities benefit from the Toy Show fund

Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy meets some of the Toy Show fund recipients.

EXCHANGE Ireland in Limerick will receive over €300,000 of the money raised through the Late Late Show Toy Appeal.

And seven other Limerick charities will receive funding from the €6.6m raised by 1.8m viewers of the show, which aired last November.

Exchange House promotes equal opportunities for Travelers in the areas of health, education, training, housing and business nationwide.

As well as Exchange House Ireland, other organizations in Limerick benefiting from the Toy Show include Sing Ireland, which uses the transformative power of group singing to build self-esteem and social bonds among disadvantaged children. They will receive €69,500

Doras, who supports refugee children and their families in Limerick through a range of arts-based therapies, and to document and share learnings from the initiative, will receive €55,101

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Limerick Youth Service, which improves the wellbeing, resilience and mental health of marginalized and vulnerable young people aged 14 to 18 in County Limerick, will receive €65,000.

Dóchas Midwest Autism Support, which provides play, movement and dance activities for children with autism, will receive €8,360.

The Croom Family Resource Centre, which will use its funding for the development of a sensory space and gazebo for its sensory garden, will receive €8,394.

Blue Box Creative Learning Centre, which supports young people’s mental health through creative arts, will receive €20,000.

The Butterfly Club, which teaches children to ride a bike, will receive €18,590 and the Bedford Row Family Project, which aims to break the cycle of imprisonment in families and helps heal family fractures caused by imprisonment and drug addiction, will receive €28,824.

In total, more than 1.1 million children will benefit from donations raised at the 2021 fair. 154 charities are to receive grants, up from 55 last year, and for the first time, at least one project in every county will benefit from it.

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