Putting the ‘Fun’ in Fundraising

The Bluebird Care team have been busying putting the ‘fun’ in fundraising, with a hive of novel fund and awareness raising activities taking place throughout the network to raise vital funds for great causes.

Well done to Gary Corless, (husband of Bluebird Care Galway Care Manager Carolyn Corless) who took to the skies at Birr airfield completing a courageous parachute jump in aid of the children’s charity Hand in Hand. A cause truly worth falling for Hand in Hand is a not-for-profit organisation who provide practical support for families in the West of Ireland whose lives have been affected by childhood cancer. Pictured above ahead of their parachuting challenge is Jennifer Carpenter (Hand in Hand) pictured with Gary Corless. For more information on Hand in Hand go to http://www.handinhand.ie

Meanwhile in Meath, Sonny Knowles dazzles the audience at an Age Action tea party in the Ardboyne Hotel, Navan. To mark the 20th birthday of Age Action, the older persons charity teamed up with Bluebird Care to  host a national tea party series throughout the country, inviting people from Positive Ageing Week towns, active retirement groups around the area, and local nursing home residence to meet old neighbours, make new friends while enjoying afternoon of tea and entertainment. All funds raised from each tea party goes towards Age Action’s Care and Repair Programme, where the charity calls to people’s houses and carries out small repairs and maintenance for them free of charge.

Pictured above in the Ardboyne Hotel, Navan from (l-r) is Bluebird Care Manager Margaret Cartwright, Edwina Landy, Carer of the Year for Bluebird Care Meath, with Sonny Knowles, Jackie McGovern, Bluebird Carer, with Bluebird Care Meath Directors, J.J Fay and Gavin Kane.


Further north in Donegal, the team at Bluebird Care Donegal and Leitrim took to the roads in Churchill on Saturday morning with the launch of their inaugural Bluebird Care 5k, raising an impressive €1,700 in aid of The Órán Nibbs Foundation. Family, friends and neighbours of young Órán Nibbs, from Trentagh, were delighted with the great show of support as people from all parts of Donegal joined in to do the distance to make a difference. 100% of the funds raised from the Bluebird Care 5k will go towards helping Órán, who suffers from a rare and progressive condition called Mitochondrial Disease, to receive vital medical treatment in America.

Pictured at the finishing line of the Bluebird Care 5k in aid of The Órán Nibbs Foundation, are the winners of the males category. In first place Gerard McGrenaghan from Letterkenny Athletic Club (in the middle); in second place Marcus McClintock, from Letterkenny Athletic Club (right) and in third place Pádraig Breslin (left).

Pictured at the finishing line of the Bluebird Care 5k in aid of The Órán Nibbs Foundation, are the winners of the females category, in first place Irene McFadden, from Letterkenny Athletic Club (in the middle); in second place Monica McGrenaghan, from Letterkenny Athletic Club (left) and in third place Frances Judge, from Letterkenny Athletic Club (right).








Sonny Dazzles Audience at Age Action Tea Party

Sonny Knowles dazzled in Meath recently as he performed at one of the now famous Age Action / Bluebird Care tea parties. This week’s Meath Chronicle, ‘chronicles’ the event.

What’s New in the Network

A sneak peak into what’s been happening in the Bluebird Care network this month:

Bluebird Care North East would like to welcome new Care Manager, Tina Onyszko to the team and wish her all the best in her new role.

Bluebird Care (Galway) are currently working on a project to achieve ISO 9001 with a target date for accreditation of before Christmas.

Ensuring that the very highest of standards are met and remain consistent throughout the network care managers, supervisors and care co-ordinators from throughout the Bluebird Care network attended an extensive care manager training course this month in the Maldron Hotel, Limerick led by Lorna Liney, RGN, BSc (hons), National General Manager Bluebird Care Ireland.

Positive News for Positive Ageing Week

Age Action’s Positive Ageing Week is over for another year and  we would like to say that we have thoroughly enjoyed being involved.

From film screenings (‘The Brothers’ in Boyle and ‘Casablanca’ in Kinsale), the ‘OAP’ olympics in Cashel and many Dances, to information sessions, storytelling, boat trips, wood walks, and not forgetting the tasty Big Bake where we let several of Grandma’s secrets out of the bag, it’s been a week to remember.

Thanks to everyone involved, in particular Age Action for having us on board and all the town committees for all their work and hospitality throughout the week.

See below a snippet of various events that took place throughout the country and remember keep celebrating positive ageing and ensuring Ireland is the best place in the world to grow old.

Pictured at the launch of Positive Ageing Week in Dungarvan is Brian Egan Director of Bluebird Care Carlow/Kilkenny/Waterford proudly presenting a distinguished Positive Ageing Week Town Certificate to Anne Marie Rossiter, local councillor and Chairperson of Dungarvan Positive Ageing Committee.

We would like to thank Dungarvan Positive Ageing Week Committee for all their work and hospitality throughout Positive Ageing Week. The week was a huge success and Bluebird Care are thrilled to have supported it and been part of it.

Kieran Hallinan, Director of Bluebird Care North East is pictured in the Drogheda Independent beside Joey Maher who accepted the certificate on behalf of the local team who participated in a unique volunteering initative last week promoting solidarity between the generations for Positive Ageing Week.

A number of Drogheda students contributed to their community in a unique volunteering initiative throughout Positive Ageing Week as the Louth Volunteer Centre promoted solidarity between the generations.

The project, part of the Senior Force Day celebrations running across the EU to recognise the 2012 ‘ European Year for Active Aging and Solidarity between Generations’ saw young people from various schools around Drogheda pair up with 50 or more senior volunteers from the community and gain insight into the contribution they make in their own community.

The students saw firsthand what exactly their ‘volunteering partner’ does to help out locally, while the older volunteers shared their experiences with the students which facilitated a shared experience for both generations.

This event was run alongside Positive Ageing Week (September 28 to October 6), organised by Age Action and supported by Bluebird Care, where hundreds of events took place nationwide to celebrate active ageing and to celebrate the contribution older people make within our communities. For the full story click here.

Pictured is Don O’Riordan Director of Bluebird Care Cork, with Deirdre Mullins, Kinsale Positive Ageing committee, and John O’Mahony, of Age Action Ireland. Deirdre was presented with a special plaque to mark the town’s participation in the Positive Ageing programme. Picture: Dermot Ryan.

Meanwhile in Co.Cork ‘POSITIVE’ was definitely the key word in the Positive Ageing Week activities in Kinsale where the work of the Kinsale committee was praised by John O’Mahony of Age Action Ireland when he visited the town on Wednesday to join students of the community school who entertained their older guests with a special showing of Casablanca followed by refreshments. Don O’Riordan, Director of Bluebird Care Cork speaking at the event said “Bluebird Care are proud to support Positive Ageing Week and the great initiatives taking place nationwide to celebrate positive ageing, such as this wonderful event here today.”

Pictured in the Tullamore Tribune presenting Positive Ageing Week certificates at a tea dance in Darmagh Community Centre Tullamore is (from left to right) Caoimhin Armstrong, Director of Bluebird Care Laois, Offaly and Kildare; Ann Tobin, PAW Tullamore; Molly Buckley, PAW Tullamore and Lorraine Murphy, Age Action.

Tullamore commenced the week with a Positive Ageing Networking event from 2pm – 5pm on Wednesday 3rd October in the Darmagh Community Centre, Clontarf road. Other events throughout the week included Skype Workshops; information on Saorview, a Go for Life Games demonstration, and a Boccia demonstration-and-try session and much more.

Although Co. Clare was not one of the 15 towns nominated as a Positive Ageing Week Town, Bluebird Care Clare celebrated Positive Ageing week by organising a number individual events with the help of a group of volunteers to provide entertainment around the county in Hospital and Day Centres.

The team celebrated active and positive ageing in Ennistymon Day Centre, Kilmaley Day Centre, St Joseph’s Hospital Ennis, Raheen Hospital and Day Centre, Carrigoran Nursing Home, Clarecastle Day Centre and Cahercalla Hospital.

The week was described as a wonderful success with many thanks to Eddie Lenihan (Seanchaí), Musicians Ged Foley, Chris Hallinan, Dominique Lyons, Seamus Bugler and Terry, Singers, Success Odiase and Elizabeth , and Marie and children from Newmarket on Fergus National School.