By Frances Fitzgerald
The Rape Crisis Mid-West annual fundraising event took place on Friday night in Thomond Park, raising an approximate €12,000.
The annual quiz, now in its fourth year, is the organisation’s main fundraising event and is essential to further fund the high demand for its services.
“We would be very dependent on this event, and all events. We are part-funded by the state, and every year we have an annual shortfall of anything from €140,000 to €170,000, so fundraising is vital so that we can continue to provide services,” said Tracey Quinn, Rape Crisis Mid-West Project Co-ordinator.
The organisation works to help and heal the lives of the approximate 85 men and women who avail of services provided, who have experienced recent rape or sexual assault, or who have survived childhood sexual abuse.
Rape Crisis Mid-West heavily depends on support from volunteers, sponsors and businesses, who work to ensure that the organisation can continue to provide vital services.
Speaking of the support of local businesses and the annual donation of the venue by Thomond Park, Ms Quinn said: “The business community is absolutely amazing and we are extremely grateful for their previous support and for their continued support. [Thomond Park] is a Limerick landmark, as well. It’s a great venue.”
The upcoming Limerick Women’s Mini Marathon is another opportunity to show support for Rape Crisis Mid-West, with the organisation encouraging participants to sponsor them.
“We have supporters running in the marathon, but it would be great if we could get more. It is a great opportunity for all charities and it is extremely important to Rape Crisis Mid-West, to make up the shortfall in funds.
“We would appeal for anyone out there to support us and to go the distance for Rape Crisis Mid-West,” said Ms Quinn.
A first-time volunteer with Rape Crisis Mid-West, Jackie Mullane spoke about both community and personal benefits of charitable work.
“My daughter is 18, and she has her own life now. I felt that I kind of lost my role in society, as a mom. I decided to get back out and think of doing something for me. Volunteering has helped me personally, as well as helping somebody else. I would want to feel, as a woman, the empathy that is offered with Rape Crisis Mid-West,” Ms Mullane said.
The fully-booked fundraising function featured local drag queen Madonna Lucia as quiz-master, live music, and prizes, including a €750 prize and a €250 Dunnes Stores gift voucher.
The next fundraising event will be the Dainty Daisy competition, to be held at West County Hotel, Ennis, on November 5. Tickets are priced at €10 and are available online.
Miriam Duffy, Executive Director Rape Crisis Mid-West, offers thanks to the public for their continued support.