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Press Release - 5 May, 2017 - Galway

100 Men Who Give A Damn! donate a total of €11,400 to two separate Galway charities

Galway organisation, 100 Men Who Give A Damn! has been described as ‘Dragon’s Den’ for charities by providing funding opportunities for specific charity projects.

Every quarter, the organisation’s members invite three local charities to deliver a 5-minute pitch on why their charity needs funds. The winning charity receives €100 from each member, potentially receiving up to €10,000. Since its inception in early 2016, 100 Men Who Give A Damn! have supported the local community by raising €30,400 for local charities.

At their event on February 9th, not one, but two charities walked away with the big prize.

Galway Autism Partnership (GAP) is a local charity that provides support and services to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Galway area and their families.

GAP was one of the three charities invited to pitch at the 100 Men event in February and was delighted when their charity’s proposal was selected on the night. 100 Men donations totalled €5,900 and this money has been used to fund three different therapeutic clubs under the umbrella term ‘Operation Communication’.

These clubs consisted of play therapy courses for 24 kids aged three to 11, as well as a film camp for 10 young teenagers where they had creative control on making a film about living with autism.

According to GAP Board Member, Colette Dempsey, “appearing in front of the 100 Men alongside our fellow worthy charities was an incredible experience. When our name was called on the night as the winner, it was a hugely emotional moment for us. As parents we know firsthand the difference the money will make.”
All in all, the 100 Men have made a unique positive impact by making it possible for the Galway Autism Partnership to ‘Bridge the Gap’ in the lives of not only 34 children and young people, but also their families in Galway City and county.

In addition to the contribution made to Galway Autism Partnership, the 100 Men event on February 9th saw a surprising twist of events in favour of the Brothers of Charity…

Just as the 100 Men event was drawing to a close, a local businessman quietly approached and complimented the Brothers of Charity Services (BCS) on the support the organisation gives to people in Galway. He thought their proposed project was a very good programme and could see the benefits it would have for people with intellectual disability.

Anne Geraghty, Director of Services for the BSC in the Galway region, said she was “absolutely gobsmacked” when the gentleman kindly offered the full amount of €5,500 to BCS to develop their ‘Bully Proof Yourself’ course. The generous donor wishes to remain anonymous but BCS would like to sincerely thank him for his belief in the programme. The training programme is already underway.

The ‘Bully Proof Yourself’ course is specifically developed and the course materials designed to support people with intellectual disability to recognise bullying and to give them the skills and knowledge to ‘bully-proof’ themselves. The funding requested was to train 40 people - pairs of staff and service users - on the method, the production of a training DVD, and associated workbooks. The plan is to roll out the training across all their adult service areas - the organisation said it would also be happy to share the programme with any other organisation providing services to people with intellectual disability.

The Brothers of Charity Services provide supports to more than 1,000 people with intellectual disability and their families in more than 100 locations across County Galway.


Founding member of 100 Men Who Give A Damn!, and Connacht Rugby player, Eoin McKeon states, “It felt great after I heard there were two winners last time. It is always hard to pick a winning pitch and I felt the money could have gone to any one of the three charities.”

He continues, “For someone to step in and donate anonymously shows the true nature of people in this city and the great work being done by both the charities and a 100 Men Who Give A Damn!”

Eoin McKeonEoin McKeonExplaining why he got involved with 100 Men, Eoin states, “I have close ties with a lot of the charities that have pitched in the past and feel a personal connection with them. Being a member allows me to contribute as best I can to the charities in my hometown.” He goes on, “For me, the concept was very original. The aspect of a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style business pitch with the charities coming out on top at the end makes this a very unique experience.”

“After the charities have pitched it’s hard not to feel moved; whether it’s a personal story or a mission to change the lives of the less fortunate. I’d urge anyone to come to an event yourself and see the difference a collective group can make on your society.”

100 Men Who Give A Damn! are holding their sixth event on Thursday, May 11th at 6pm at O’Connor’s Pub in Salthill and they are inviting Galway men to join them in voting on their next beneficiary. For more information, visit their website www.100men.ie or contact Craig Brown by emailing join@100men.ie.

 

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Press Release - 30 January, 2017 - Galway

100 Men Who Give A Damn! donate €5,900 to Galway Simon Community

Galway organisation, 100 Men Who Give A Damn!, has been described as the ‘Dragon’s Den’ for charities by providing funding opportunities for specific projects. Every quarter, the organisation’s members’ invite three local charities to deliver a 5-minute pitch on why their charity needs funds. The winning charity receives €100 from each member, potentially receiving up to €10,000. Since its inception in early 2016, 100 Men Who Give A Damn! have supported the local community by raising €19,000 for charities including Galway Simon Community, the Manuela Riedo Foundation, Down Syndrome Ireland and Children’s Language Development Preschool.

 

Galway Simon Community was lucky enough to be the winning charity of their November 2016 pitch event and received donations of €5,100 at the event. This total then rose to €5,900 after further contributions from absent members. The funds were put towards their ‘Essentials Fund’ which supports people with a variety of basic essentials such as heating, electricity and groceries, and its main goal is to prevent people from sliding into emergency homeless provision. So far through the fund, 100 Men Who Give A Damn! have supported 32 individuals and 7 families facing homelessness in Galway.

 

Joe Bruen, member of 100 Men Who Give A Damn!Joe Bruen, member of 100 Men Who Give A Damn!We spoke to long standing member of 100 Men Who Give A Damn!, Joe Bruen, and he told us he became involved in the organisation after “an informal chat with Craig Brown, a Canadian now based in Galway.” Joe has been living in Galway for almost 10 years and is the owner of a financial brokerage with clients all over the west of Ireland. “I thought it was a fantastic concept, very original and immediately I was hooked”, Joe explained.

 

“It means a lot to me personally to have an active role in the group. As a business owner, I feel there are many ways that local companies or businesses can get involved when it comes to Corporate Social Responsibility. Many will talk the talk but each of us, regardless of business size or profitability, are beholden to community based charities like Galway Simon to put our ‘shoulders to the wheel’. With so much divisiveness in Irish society these days, I believe that no one should be left behind when we live in such a generous and vibrant city as Galway”, he said. “It’s always a pleasure to chat to other businessmen in Galway about 100 Men and to see the enthusiasm for the concept and eagerness for so many to get involved”, Joe added.

 

Joe urged other Galway men to get involved in this great initiative, saying “try it, you’ll love it. When you look around the room following a charity’s pitch and you can see that it has struck a chord, it’s a pretty powerful thing. The ‘Dragon’s Den’ pitch concept works so well with the audience and it’s always a good buzz to get to see familiar faces at each quarterly pitch event.”

 

100 Men Who Give A Damn! are having their first meet up of 2017 next Thursday 9th February at 6pm in the Mick Lally Theatre on Druid’s Lane and they are inviting Galway men to join them in voting on their next beneficiary. For more information, visit their website www.100men.ie or contact Craig Brown by emailing join@100men.ie.