The Sunshine Fund house has been giving over 100,000 children from significantly disadvantaged areas an unforgettable week long holiday for over 75 years. Their purpose built holiday complex in the coastal town of Balbriggan, North Dublin caters to hundreds of children every year to give them a week full of fun, friendship and some vital time to be themselves in a safe environment.
While donations are always greatly appreciated, what the Sunshine Fund really needs are volunteers over the age of 18 from across the country that will be part of a team to take responsibility for 80-100 children on weeklong holidays which will include a variety of activities.
The Sunshine Fund is calling on people to go online and download an application form for the 2013 holiday season which kicks-off in late May and continues until the end of August. To ensure that all applications, including Garda vetting, are completed before the 2013 season starts, anyone interested is encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
As a six-year member of the Scouts, I have volunteered at camps and trips not unlike the holidays offered at Sunshine House. So not only do I know how much fun it can be to volunteer at holidays like these with a team of like-minded individuals, I know how much fun children have on these holidays.
Brendan Duffy, President of the Sunshine Fund, said: “With the economic downturn, we’re all feeling the pinch, but some are affected much more than others. Every summer, our team of volunteers provides holidays to over 1,200 children from disadvantaged areas. For some children, this will be the only holiday they’ll get this year; for others, it’s a short respite from difficult social circumstances; for all of them however, it’s a chance to make friends, play, sing and dance in a happy, safe and fun-filled environment.”
The Sunshine Fund provides week-long summer holidays for children, aged 7 to 11, from disadvantaged parts of Dublin, Meath, Wicklow and Kildare in a purpose-built holiday home near the beach in Balbriggan, North Dublin. For more information to or to submit an application form visit www.sunshinefund.ie