Real Views, Business Perspectives

Brian Egan, Director of Bluebird Care Carlow, Kilkenny and Waterford writes in this week’s Sunday Business Post ‘Real views, business perspectives’ about how social welfare rules are affecting care services.

Putting the “Fun” in Fundraising

The Bluebird Care team have been busy putting the ‘fun’ in fundraising, with a hive of novel fund and awareness raising activities taking place throughout the network to raise vital monies 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) with Gary Corless. For more information on Hand in Hand go to http://www.handinhand.ie/

Meanwhile in Meath, Sonny Knowles dazzled the audience at a recent Age Action tea party in the Ardboyne Hotel, Navan. To mark the 20th birthday of Age Action, the older persons charity have 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 in the Meath Chronicle 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, and 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).

Successful Positive Ageing Week in Tullamore

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.

A series of varied and interesting events took place from September 28th to October 6th in Tullamore, one of 15 towns in Ireland to host a series of community-based events throughout Positive Ageing Week, to celebrate the contribution older people make in their communities.

Over 1,250 events were enjoyed by young and old across Ireland, north and south, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the festival.

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.

5K in the Right Way to Making a Difference

5K in the Right Way to Making a Difference. Director of Bluebird Care (Donegal and Leitrim) Marty Kelly pictured with Annette Duddy, Care Manger, Bluebird Care, Bernie Herron, Órán’s Carer, Bluebird Care and Monica McDonagh, Carer, Bluebird Care at Aura, Letterkenny launching the inaugural Bluebird Care 5K, to take place on Saturday 27th of October 2012 at 11.30am in Churchill, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal in aid of The Órán Nibbs Foundation. Photo by Annette Sweeney.

Bluebird Care Donegal and Leitrim to Host 5K Fun Run/Walk in Aid of The Órán Nibbs Foundation

The team at Bluebird Care (Donegal and Leitrim) are delighted to launch their inaugural 5K fun run/walk to take place on Saturday 27th of October 2012 at 11.30am in Churchill, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal in aid of The Órán Nibbs Foundation.

The Bluebird Care 5K will become an annual event to raise funds to support local charities. Working closely with individuals at home and in their communities the Bluebird Care support workers are highly trained, with extensive practical experience assisting individuals of all ages and ability. These include children with complex needs, young adults with physical, sensory, intellectual, social needs, mental health problems and care of the older person.

Órán Nibbs, from Trentagh was diagnosed with Mitochondrial Disease, a rare and progressive condition with no known cure, in March 2012, a month before his third birthday.

At the young age of three, Órán has faced more medical challenges than most of us would in a lifetime. Working very closely with parents Ashling and Colm to provide respite care for Órán in his home in Trentagh, the team at Bluebird Care (Donegal and Leitrim) decided to host the upcoming 5K with 100% funds raised going towards improving Órán’s quality of life.

Director of Bluebird Care (Donegal and Leitrim) Marty Kelly says, “We are delighted to launch the inaugural Bluebird Care 5K Fun Run/ Walk. The event has been set up to recognise and support local groups, individuals or their families who need support. This year we are supporting the Nibbs family, to help Órán receive vital medical treatment in America”

With some great prizes, generously donated by local business up for grabs it will be a great day out for all. So come along and help us do the distance to make a difference”

Ashling Nibbs, Órán’s mother says,“We are so appreciative to the team at Bluebird Care for their great help and support to Órán and to all of us as a family each day. In a show of even further support staff and management are geared up to take on a 5K challenge, raising vital funds to improve the quality of little Órán’s life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart”

The 5K fun run/walk will kick off the Parochial House in Churchill on Saturday 27th October at 11.30am in Churchill, ending at Glendowan Chapel.

This is a flat, fast and accurate course.

Registration will take place from 10am at Mc Claffertys Bar Churchill. Registration fee is €10 for runners and €5 for walkers, children are free.

Refreshments and Prize Giving will be provided afterwards in the Gartan Outdoor Education Centre.

For more information on The Órán Nibbs Fund please log onto: http://www.helporan.com/index.html