Businesses on the money for social enterprises

Businesses on the money for social enterprises

Colette Quinn, Shine Centre for Autism; Áine Collins, chairperson Cork Foundation; Sheelah Moloney, Helium Arts; Pádraic Vallely, CEO Cork Foundation; Leah Flemming, First Light and Meg Halloran, Field of Dreams/Down Syndrome Cork, at the presentation of cheques from the live crowding event where more than €8,000 was pledged for social enterprises from businesses in Cork. Picture: Joleen Cronin

AN innovative live Crowd Funding Event held by the Cork Foundation, raised funds for four Cork social enterprises.

The event consisted of a mix of potential donors and Cork business leaders, who were presented with a pitch by each of the four participating social enterprises, after which many of the invited guests pledged their donations to the organisation they felt most connected with.

The Cork Foundation which was set up to connect Cork people globally and locally to make a difference for Cork by supporting Cork Social Enterprises issued a call out in advance of the innovative event to social enterprises and received a remarkable 50 applications.

After careful consideration four organisations were chosen; Helium Arts, the Field of Dreams, First Light and Shine Ireland.

Helium Arts is a national children’s arts and health organisation, which endeavours to bring art, creativity and play to children and teenagers in hospitals and healthcare settings across Ireland. A total of €1,100 was donated by donors on the night.

The largest donation of €3,931 was contributed to the Field of Dreams, an offshoot of Down Syndrome Cork, which supports approximately 360 families across the Cork region.

First Light, offers support and information, and promotes research into the sudden, unexpected, often unexplained deaths of infants and young children. The donation of €1,387.50 obtained by First Light will contribute to helping those who are suffering from bereavement, through offering support from appropriately trained professionals.

The final Social Enterprise to benefit from this innovative approach to funding was Shine, an organisation founded in 2011 and since then has worked with hundreds of families of autistic children across Cork city and county to secure assessments, therapies, services and appropriate education for their children.

This charity received €1,804 which will aid the funding of the provision of these services.

These generous donations are greatly appreciated by both the participating social enterprise/charity and the Cork Foundation.

For info on the work of the Cork Foundation and how to support their work see

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