FFAI Christmas Appeal Fundraiser to be held in NYC

Christmas Appeal Fundraiser - Red Border

The New York State Freedom for All Ireland Committee will be hosting a fundraiser to benefit the National AOH FFAI Christmas Appeal on Wednesday February 10, 2016.  The event will take place at Wolfe Tone’s Irish Pub & Kitchen located at 37 East 29th Street in Manhattan.  The cost is $25.00 per person.  Please contact our NYS FFAI Chairman Ciaran Geraghty.  His contact info is listed on the flyer.

Proceeds go to benefit The AOH National FFAI Christmas Appeal, which provides donations to several worthy charities located in the North of Ireland.  Please see below for a list of past recipients as well as a criteria statement for groups wishing to benefit from The Christmas Appeal.

Criteria for Financial Support

Groups requesting financial support from the FFAI Christmas Appeal must promote those programs that encourage cross community cooperation, economic development, social change, cross border collaboration, Irish history and language education, nationalist infrastructure maintenance and construction efforts, and Irish unification initiatives based on peace and justice for all throughout all of Ireland.

Groups that have received FFAI Christmas Appeal support in 2014

Cairde Strabane Republican Ex-prisoners Group:  A self-help initiative by the republican prisoners from the Strabane area, to assist with the needs of prisoners and their families as a result of the political conflict in Ireland.

Conway Mill Trust: Located in Pittsburgh, PA, Conway Mill is an Irish-American cross-community organization working for economic, community, social and cultural development in Northern Ireland.

Cuímhneamh An Chláir: This group (supported by the donations of a LAOH Division) digitally records, archives and shares the memories, folklore, traditions and oral history of county Clare.

Holy Cross Ardoyne Trust in North Belfast: This group works for the creation of a cross community Family Centre on Crumlin Road. Support enables the group to continue the essential cross-community work and concentrate their efforts on reconciliation and the improvement of community relations within North Belfast through the Family Centre Development project.

Mary’s Gift (www.marysgift.org): This foundation is a US-based charitable endowment fund providing support to Irish-Immersion schools in the Six Counties. Donations are distributed to preschool, primary and post-primary schools where all subjects are taught in the Irish language.

National Graves Association, Belfast: Support for the upkeep of Belfast republican graves and memorial.

Omagh Community Youth Choir: Endeavors to bringing young people from both communities together through music.

Omagh Thunder Basketball Club (www.omaghthunder.com): Their goal is to bring children from all sides of the community and teach them to work together, using basketball as a tool.

Pat Finucane Centre in Derry (www.patfinucanecentre.org): The group is dedicated to research and documenting individual cases of conflict related to loss of life following a specific request from a relative, and finding innovative alternatives for families seeking redress. Their mission is to defend Human Rights and support Social Change.

Relatives For Justice in Belfast and Dungannon (www.relativesforjustice.com): Their aim is to provide appropriate support for the victims of State violence and collusion within a safe environment. They engage the courts, request investigation, create awareness and provide information. They lobby the Congress and Senate with AOH partnership support.

Tar Anall in Belfast (www.Taranall.ie): Tar Arnall offers support services required to empower and provide opportunities for Republican ex-prisoners and their families, who have been adversely affected by the conflict in Ireland. They provide training and education services, welfare support, and job skills development. They promote an ethos of self-help, personal achievement and self-empowerment.