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.

Freedom For All Ireland Christmas Appeal Fundraiser

The AOH New York State Board will host a fundraiser for The Freedom for All Ireland Christmas Appeal on Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 6:30pm – 9:30pm.  The event will be held at O’Rielly’s Bar and Kitchen, 21 West 35th Street in Manhattan.

There is a $20.00 suggested donation.  The event will feature entertainment, food cash bar and raffles. 

All proceeds will go to the AOH FFAI Christmas Appeal, which benefits community and charity organizations in The North of Ireland.

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.

For more information, please contact AOH New York State FFAI Chairman Tim Myles: (516) 660-7456 or timtam614@aol.com

Groups that have received FFAI Christmas Appeal support

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

Cairde: 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.

Cuimhneamh: A “living history” project initially funded by Newry & Mourne Local Strategy Partnership. Its aim is to compile an extensive and ongoing archive of people’s memories and experiences from the early 20th century to the present day for the South Armagh and North Louth areas.

Green Cross, AnCuman Cubrach (Belfast): Provides material assistance to the families of people bereaved in the Troubles and to assist in the alleviation of hardship within the community.

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.

Omagh Basketball Team (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 and Newry (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. This is to counterbalance when there is an inability of the criminal justice system to provide for justice.

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.

Saint Patrick Centre (www.saintpatrickcentre.com): Located beside Saint Patrick’s Grave in Downpatrick, County Down, the Saint Patrick Centre is the only permanent exhibition in the World dedicated to the memory of the Patron Saint of Ireland. It is a centre for Tourism, reconciliation and is dedicated to all the people of Ireland. It helps to boost local tourism economy in an area hard hit by the troubles, thereby helping to bring normality and stability to the Mid Down area.

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.

Thar Saile: An Irish-American organization dedicated to working for the rights of former Irish Political POWs in the United States. Their mission is to achieve a permanent solution to the immigration issues (including deportation and extradition from the U.S.) facing former Irish Republican Political Prisoners residing within the United States.

Holy Cross Ardoyne Trust in North Belfast: This group worked 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.

Coiste na n-larchimí in the Six Counties (www.coiste.ie): Coiste is the representative group supporting former IRA ex-prisoners and assisting them in building a just peace in Ireland. They lobby and advocate on their behalf. They provide services such as welfare advice, family support, training for employment, emotional support and counseling. They are also involved in peace building and dialogue activity, establishing projects aimed at deepening respect between former combatant groups, and building understanding of the political institutions.