Carol Nolan TD, Deirdre Fox, Manager of the Offaly Volunteer Centre, and Lisa Bracken from Flowers by Lisa, alongside family carers.

Family Carers Ireland launch Offaly Heart of Gold fundraising campaign

Family Carers Ireland, the national charity supporting the more than 500,000 family carers across Ireland, has announced the launch of their national fundraising initiative, Heart of Gold, in Offaly. The collection days will take place on Thursday, June 15 and Friday, June 16.

Supported by Horizon, Heart of Gold is a special fundraising initiative dedicated to raising vital funds, awareness, and appreciation for family carers who selflessly provide care and support to their loved ones such as children or adults with additional needs, physical or intellectual disabilities, frail older people, those with palliative care needs or those living with chronic illnesses, mental health challenges, or addiction.

The purpose of the day is not only to raise funds for Family Carers Ireland's critical programs and services, but to also raise awareness about the challenges faced by family carers. The proceeds collected will enable the organisation to provide crucial resources such as information, support, and advocacy for family carers, as well as drive policy changes that improve the quality of life for both carers and their loved ones.

The funds raised will be utilised to sustain the provision of essential and complimentary services that family carers rely on to care for their loved ones safely. These services include the National Freephone Careline, counselling, and respite; which are invaluable lifelines for family carers. In addition, Family Carers Ireland facilitate support groups, social events, training, and carers' forums to help family carers feel less isolated in their caring responsibilities.

Heart of Gold Day initiative is a chance for the people of Offaly to show their support for family carers by simply donating and wearing a special Heart of Gold pin. The pins will be available for purchase from volunteers on June 15 and 16.

Luke Lynam and Maya. Luke is taking on the challenge of 500 thousand steps to represent the 500 thousand Carers in Ireland as part of Heart of Gold.

Speaking about the launch, Beth Wogan, Local Support Manager, Family Carers Ireland said: "We are delighted to officially launch our Heart of Gold fundraising campaign in Offaly. The work of family carers is often unseen and undervalued, but it is essential. We hope that the people of Offaly will show their support for family carers by getting involved in this initiative.”

“This vital campaign aims to secure funds that will enable family carers to access crucial supports and services. The funds raised from the Heart of Gold campaign will enable us to sustain support for family carers in Offaly. Our focus is on providing group meetings, as well as connecting with family carers over the phone and through home visits, to ensure they receive the support when and where they need it."

"We invite everyone to join us on Heart of Gold Day to honour the incredible work of family carers and help us make a difference in their lives. With the support of our dedicated volunteers and the generosity of people in Offaly, we can continue to raise awareness, advocate for positive change, and provide vital support to family carers throughout Ireland."

Lynsey O’Donovan, family carer said “Family Carers Ireland has been a lifeline for me and my family. Their support has helped us navigate the challenges of caring for a loved one. I am grateful for the work they do, and I know that with our support, they can continue to make a real difference in the lives of carers and their loved ones."

The Heart of Gold campaign encourages the public to support family carers by purchasing a Heart of Gold Pin from volunteers, hosting a coffee morning, signing up for the 50 miles in June Challenge, or making a donation on the Family Carers Ireland website.

For more information on the Heart of Gold Day initiative or to purchase a pin, please visit the Family Carers Ireland website at