We have received so many calls from the general public who are looking to help support the refugee crisis relief efforts. There are many ways in which people can help, with several local and national community-driven initiatives emerging in recent weeks.
Below are a list of suggested actions with emphasis on Limerick and Portlaoise to date. We will try to update as new events emerge.
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How to Help
1. Fund the relief efforts
Humanitarian agencies working on the ground are in need of financial resources to help fund their important work.
- UNICEF are seeking financial donations for children affected by the refugee crisis: UNICEF Children Refugee Crisis
- Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) are providing front-line humanitarian relief to refugees are urgently require financial assistance to continue their work: MSF Refugee Crisis
Contact your local TD asking them to advocate for Ireland to take more refugees immediately. Public support is increasing and the Government must act quickly and effectively, reflecting the public’s wishes. You can find contact details for your local TD here: Who is my TD?
Template letter download: Letter to TD – Refugee Crisis
3. Donations needed
The Limerick to Calais group have been accepting and coordinating donations to be brought to Calais on 30th September.
Update: The donations depot has now closed! Please keep an eye on the group’s activities and updates, details of which can be found here: Limerick to Calais Facebook page
Consider volunteering with a local organisation, such as Doras Luimní, helping to welcome and support refugees in your area.
In Portlaoise, there are a number of new initiatives currently being explored and established, including English tutoring; befriending and job skills workshops. See here for details of how you can help locally in Portlaoise: Volunteers needed_Portlaoise
Contact Hannah Culkin, Doras Luimní, for more information: Email Hannah
5. Day of Action in solidarity with refugees
Events have taken place nationwide, expressing solidarity with refugees. Previous events include Saturday 5th September Day of Action, further details can be found here: Limerick Day of Action Facebook event page
The EU Day of Action took place on 12th September, with events happening all over the continent.
Follow us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on events taking place in Limerick, Portlaoise and nationwide.
6. Table Quiz in aid of Médecins Sans Frontières
This fundraising event will take place in Dolans Pub on the Dock Road, Limerick, on 30th September. Further details can be found here: Table Quiz Facebook event page
7. Offer accommodation or services
Following the Uplift campaign to pledge a bed for refugees, the Irish Red Cross are now coordinating public offers of accommodation and services.
To register your offer of accommodation or services to refugees, please see Irish Red Cross.
For more details on the Uplift campaign, see here: Uplift – Pledge a bed
8. Support the work of Doras Luimní
If you would like to support our work of supporting asylum seekers, refugees and migrants in Ireland, please ocnsider donating to help us continue delivering our services.
For more fundraising ideas, see here: Make Change Happen
9. Support the campaign to end Direct Provision
Local campaign group – End Direct Provision Limerick – aim to raise awareness of the inhumane conditions in which asylum seekers live in Ireland and to bring about change to the policies that force them to live in isolation and poverty. See here for details: End DP Limerick Facebook page
For further information about any of the above actions or if you would like assistance with organising your own event, please contact Aideen at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 061310328.