November 2018 Update

Dear Friends of the Ireland Funds,

2018 has absolutely flown by and at the Ireland Funds Australia we are delighted with the progress we have made.

We have had exciting and successful events including our annual Melbourne and Brisbane Lunches, as well as a record-breaking Global 5k across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

With your help, we were thrilled to have a grant round in June 2018 of $1,867,450, supporting 11 important projects, as follows:

2018/2019 Grant Round

Today only 7% of schools are integrated in Northern Ireland despite polls showing 80% support for integration. We are very proud to be a part of the next step in the IE movement, transformation. Our aim is to vastly improve the awareness rate through the IEF's Integrate My School Campaign, a one-stop-shop digital platform containing all the information parents require to register their school for the process of 'transformation'.
Soar provides workshops to young people aged 12-18 across the island of Ireland when they are at a transitional period in their lives. Our support this year will assist Soar to provide 70 x facilitators and 45 x youth crew and reach approximately 62,000 teenagers by 2020.

Drumragh Integrated College, Omagh opened in 1995 by a parents group committed to providing a cross community, post primary school for local children aged 11-19. The demand on Drumragh today is such that it is educating 650 children in a building designed for 580 and as a growing school Drumragh has many needs. With the help of the Ireland Funds Australia, Drumragh can now provide  much needed ICT equipment and replace 50 computers.

The Trinity St. James’s Cancer Institute aims to consolidate cancer activities and expertise in Ireland in a dedicated facility within the next 5-7 years and intends to become an internationally accredited comprehensive cancer centre.
With a project cost at €150 million the Institute welcomes partners in philanthropy to secure the delivery of this unique project with international benefit. The sources of support for the plan are expected to be a combination of philanthropy (33%), self-generated and public funding.

Together with the AIEF the Ireland Funds Australia is committed to making a combined contribution of $800,000 for 80 Indigenous scholarship places at four leading Australian Schools by 2020.

Solas works to address the imbalances that contribute to certain children and young people in Ireland that are growing up at a socioeconomic and/or educational disadvantage. Through learning and mentoring they support young people to create a brighter future for themselves and their communities.

Since 2012, Suas has provided measurable improvements for over 4,000 students. Our continued support, including that of the Young Leaders, will assist 2,820 children to improve their literacy and numeracy skills and reduce school dropout numbers.

The Trinity Business School and The Ireland Funds Australia Partnership was officially launched by the Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove,and will provide Australian residents the opportunity to earn their MBA at Ireland's leading university. The first intake will commence in September 2019.

Ruth Tarlo has provided the fourth Hyman Tarlo Scholarship in Law for 2017/2018 at the Law School of Trinity College.

With around 85% of Indigenous students in public schools, GO are playing a vital role by providing scholarships which provide financial assistance, mentoring, transition support and pathways. This project is also proudly supported by the Australian Young Leaders fundraising efforts.

Science Gallery Melbourne, part of a global network pioneered by Trinity College, aims to engage young adults through the collision of arts and science to prepare for the estimated 75% of future jobs requiring STEM qualifications.
To help us to continue to support wonderful projects such as these we would be grateful for you to join or rejoin one of our giving programmes - Governor, Associate, Benefactor or Young Leader, or make a one-off donation, all of which are tax deductible. Details can be found by clicking the donate button below or for more information, please email me.

Very best wishes,

Teresa Keating
Executive Director
Ireland Funds Australia

The inaugural Ireland Funds Coolmore Garden Party

We are delighted to be partnering with Coolmore Stud in 2018 to host the Ireland Funds Coolmore Garden Party at Royal Randwick on Sunday 25 November.
Come and enjoy beautiful cocktails and canapes on the lawn followed by a three course meal, wines, entertainment and a few surprises. It will be a wonderful afternoon filled with great company, people coming together to have some fun, while helping people less fortunate than ourselves.
Tickets are now on sale. Please click the image below to book tickets or email Jennifer
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