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Adam King on the Late Late Toy Show

Adam King on the Late Late Toy Show

Adam King on the Late Late Toy Show

Over €3 million in new grants is set to be awarded to dozens of charitable projects across Ireland following the RTÉ Toy Show Appeal on The Late Late Show.  

Over 630,000 children and their families are set to benefit from the grants. The awards come following the huge success of the appeal in November, where €6.6million was raised by kind-hearted viewers.

Half of that money was shared out between three named charities: Barnardos Ireland, Children’s Health Foundation Ireland, and Children's Books Ireland.

The remaining amounts from the fund were made available for children’s charities in an open call for grants which was managed by The Community Foundation for Ireland and Community Foundation Northern Ireland. Those grant awards were announced today with funding going towards 55 new projects.

They include: Support services for homeless children in Galway through COPE Galway; the support of new musical talent with Music Generation Cork; The Donegal Rape Crisis Centre for young people who are survivors of sexual violence; the provision of footwear, school uniforms, and bedding for children in care with Kinship Care Northern Ireland; and rural outreach mental health support for young people in County Limerick with Limerick Youth Services.

Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy said: “It’s time to show the people of Ireland just where the money they dug deep for last November is going, and it’s going directly to children all over the island of Ireland who are going to have better, happier, safer and more creative, enriched and nourished lives because of these donations. Thank you once again to the viewers of The Late Late Show for your continued overwhelming generosity. The RTÉ Toy Show Appeal will be back again this year to help change children’s lives for good.”

Galway youngster Saoirse Ruane, whose story inspired the establishment of the appeal, told of her delight at the public support. "I'm delighted my story inspired Ryan and The Late Late Show to launch the very first Toy Show Appeal last November. I am so happy the money will go to help such wonderful charities. Since the show I have been busy, learning to cycle my bike again, returning to school and I have just gone back to play camogie.”

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