SERVE Flip Flop Appeal Fundraising Target Reached
SERVE’s annual flagship fundraiser, ‘Flip Flop Appeal’ 2021, took place in May and crossed the fundraising target raising a total of €3,740.
Our heartfelt gratitude for everyone’s generous donations to the Flip Flop Appeal. Your donations go a long way in helping SERVE to support the numerous partners we work with during this pandemic. The development work doesn’t stop. Our partners exhibit a resilience that inspires our volunteers who’ve worked with them and us.
The Flip Flop Appeal reached the farthest corners of Ireland. SERVE would like to thank Café Temple (Galway), Eimear Donlon (St. Joseph’s School, Foxford, Co Mayo) & Kevin Donlon (Davitt College, Castlebar, Co. Mayo) for their massive fundraising efforts in their communities. We also thank the students of Coláiste Éamann Rís, Cork, for creating these colourful Flip Flops.
SERVE also celebrated National Volunteering Week during Flip Flop Appeal by hosting a special edition of the ‘Solidarity Games’ to acknowledge the spirit of volunteerism. Enjoy this fun video showcasing the participation of our team and community.
Where will the donations go?
The donations go towards continuing the development work of the partners we support.
SERVE works with vulnerable members of society as those with disabilities in Bangalore are significantly affected by the virus outbreak. Your donations ensure that SERVE can continue to support APD (Bangalore, India) during this challenging time.
SERVE family member Annette McGroary explained it well when we spoke to her,
“SERVE to respond to the partners’ needs, and it’s not the other way around.”.
Your donations ensure that SERVE’s work with Young Africa Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Zambia will continue to upskill young people and provide them opportunities for sustainable livelihoods.
We spoke to Cledwyn Hamoonga, Head Teacher of Flamboyant Special School based close to Assumption Parish in Mazabuka, Zambia. Cledwyn explained, “We are trying as much as we can as a school to sustain ourselves, even to grow the projects further with support from SERVE.”
Your donations will help SERVE to enable partners like Flamboyant Special School to move towards self-sustainability.
Our volunteers’ conversations uncovered their observations from their experience of the SERVE overseas volunteering programmes with our partners. We also spoke with our partners, Young Africa and Flamboyant Special School (Mazabuka, Zambia). Both the organisations expressed the impact of SERVE’s support on the beneficiaries they work with at the grassroots level.
We want to conclude our thank you note with words from Darren Hennelly, SERVE Development officer in Mazabuka, Zambia, “We need to keep pushing forward, need to keep challenging the youth here …. any small bit we can do can have a huge impact”.
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You can watch the Flip Flop Appeal interviews of SERVE volunteers and partners on our YouTube Channel. Please click below to subscribe.