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kindness week

€130,000 donated to charity as 45,000 kind deeds logged

Childline received the most pledged kind deeds this week, receiving a cheque for €60,000.

ELECTRIC IRELAND HAS announced that it has donated €130,000 to three charities after 45,000 kind deeds were logged as part of the Kindness Week campaign.

The company asked people to do an act of kindness and log them online in favour of one of three charities – Childline, Special Olympics and Breakthrough Cancer Research.

Kind deeds were recorded in Australia, the US the UK, Canada, throughout Europe and Malaysia, through social networking sites and texts.

Today, Childline, having received the most pledged deeds, was presented with a cheque for €60,000. Electric Ireland also gave cheques of €40,000 and €30,000 respectively to Special Olympics Ireland and Breakthrough Cancer Research.

Mary Gamble of Childline said the funds will enable the charity to recruit, train and develop new volunteers which will be based across the eight regional offices across the country answering calls from children around Ireland.

Here are just some of the deeds registered:

  • “I promised my Mam I would study for the Leaving Cert.”
  • “I’m helping an entrepreneur in financial struggle, by doing his website for free.”
  • “I changed the wheel for a lady in my local shopping centre last Sunday morning. It was raining and she had a small baby with her.”
  • “I have being helping out my elderly neighbour following their hip replacement lighting fires and cooking all their meals for them, when my mother died they were of great support to me and this I feel is the very least I can do to repay the ultimate kindness that they showed to me during what was such a very difficult period in my life. I will be donating mine to Breakthrough Cancer Research.”
  • “I work with children with intellectual disabilities and myself and another staff member brought lots of new toys to the service and the children now have lots to do when they come to respite.”

A host of well-known faces supported the campaign including Stephen Fry, Graham Norton, Leo Cullen, Paul Galvin, Sean O’Brien, Anne Doyle, Jason Sherlock, Amy Huberman and many more.

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