Our fund-raiser on Saturday 24th November was a great success. Many people to thank:
- Our Entertainers who performed entirely for free: “When the Bee Stings” featuring Fiona, Niamh, Cian and Phil. ”The Bold Sunday“, made up of Dave and Marty. They were really brilliant.
- Foxrock Golf Club, who provided the venue free of charge.
- All those who attended, and to the other many people who could’nt attend, but gave money instead.
We managed to raise over €1,800 from this event which will go a long way. The money will be used by Father Nicky Hennity who is building a primary school classroom by classroom for the slum children of Mombasa. Fr. Nicky can build a classroom for €5,000 and pay a fully qualified teacher’s salary for €2,500. As with all Care Aid’s work, 100% of the money raised will go directly to this project.
People sometimes hesitate to place an ad on our website, thinking either nobody is interested in what they have to sell or that the money raised is not that important.
Here is a little story from a mahogany drinks cabinet sold last week, which we’d like to share with you to give you a flavour how much good can be done by donating an item you no longer need and placing an ad for the item on www.giveandbuy.ie .
The lady who donated the drinks cabinet placed an ad for the mahogany cabinet, including the photo here and a short description of the item. She chose the Peter McVerry Trust as her choice of charity, i.e. as the charity to which any moneys raised by the sale of the cabinet should go to.
The ad was not long on the website when we received a call from the kind lady, Mary, donating the cabinet, telling us that, prior to her placing the ad at Give and Buy, she had offered the cabinet to many other charities and furniture companies, but no one would take it, not even for FREE. With seemingly no other choice left, she was just about to dump the cabinet when someone told her about www.giveandbuy.ie. Here Mary listed the cabinet for Euro 75 in aid of the Peter McVerry Trust. It was not long until she got a call, someone came to view the cabinet and indeed was so happy with it, they gave her Euro 100.
The buyer was thrilled to learn that the money would go to charity, and Mary herself, says “giveandbuy.ie is FANTASTIC, and she will tell everyone she can. She knows that Peter McVerry will feed and accommodate a homeless person with this money and she says, “I feel so good about it. Thank you Give and Buy“.
This just goes to show how a simple item no longer needed can make 3 different people happy in just one go: the person no longer needing the item and placing the ad, the buyer who was looking for an item like this at a good price, and of course and in many ways most importantly, the charity selected by the ‘seller’ to benefit from the sale of the item.
I hope you like this success story I shared with you and it inspires you too to donate and place some items on our website.
A big THANKS again to Mary for kindly donating the cabinet as well as to the buyer of the cabinet who we hope will get lots of joy and many a happy drink from their purchase !
Susanne Dirks & Give and Buy
Upps, not emperor, I meant, but Lord Mayor of Dublin, of course.
And upps again, I admit, of course this headline is really only a little ploy to get your attention. The rest of the Hans Christian Andersen tale does not apply here!
But it’s a valid ploy, as we have good news to share and need to get your attention:
Take a look at today’s Irish Independent (page 14) or at the Broadsheet at http://www.broadsheet.ie/2012/03/06/comedy-marigold.
Here you see the Lord Mayor donating a brand new tablet computer to Give and Buy, which is now up for sale on our website. So, if this computer is of interest to you, you better be quick: I don’t expect a bargain like that to be on sale for too long … ! And as always, 100% of the money raised goes to charity !
We are always delighted when we get new donations for items for sale on, as this is very much our lifeblood. And to have someone like the Lord Mayor donate such an attractive item for sale is of course a real delight.
Maybe there are some items you still have in your wardrobe, your attic, under the bed, in the shed, in the garden, in the boot of the car … Don’t let them lie idle, follow the example of the Lord Mayor and put them up for sale at Give and Buy (www.giveandbuy.ie).
Or, in the words of the Lord Mayor himself: “”I love this idea of selling unwanted items for charity and am delighted to donate this Asus computer, which as you see allows you to separate the screen from the keyboard. I would encourage everyone to sell something on Give and Buy”
Thank you !
Susanne Dirks at Give & Buy
Deloitte have estimated that 150,000,000 euro was spent in Ireland on Unwanted presents in 2011. £2.4 billion is the figure estimated spent in the UK.
Where are all these PRESENTS??
Most people will have received one Unwanted present this Christmas, and probably has another in the cupboard, from last Christmas.
Now is the time to offload these gifts, and help our charities that are struggling.
There are approximately 2,366 homeless people in Dublin, every night. One of our charities Peter McVerry Trust look after these people. Their income has dropped significantly, yet demand for their services has increased.
Your Unwanted present could cover the cost of a homeless person for a night or two.
Another one of our charities Barnados who help Vulnerable children, need extra funds, as again their income has dropped as a result of this recession.
Your Unwanted gift could be the difference a child needs.
Another charity Careaid specialise in sinking wells in Africa, so that people can access clean water. The average cost per well is approximately 4 euro per user. Although small, this cost cannot be raised locally, so again your unwanted gift can supply clean water to a few.
Although we have less disposable income now, we still have goods that are surplus to our needs.
Please put them up for sale on Give and Buy and turn your excess, into satisfying our charities needs.
Thank You and a Happy New Year,
PS: Please also ask your friends to help ! Help us Help them!
With Christmas fast approaching, the usual carousel of charity messages are pouring out of the radio and through our TV screens.
Where does it all go? Sometimes it can seem like a bottomless pit, with you at the top tossing your coin into the ether. And in these straitened times, it can be hard to support them all – no matter how deserving.
I suppose that’s why I really got involved with Give & Buy. It just made sense to me. Where else can you take something like an unwanted wedding gift (Sorry Aunty Mary!) and turn that into a donation.
When we’re all thinking a bit more about how much everything costs, it’s comforting to know that you can give without having to spend a penny.
If you have a moment – take a quick photo of your unwanted gift and put it up on the site. There’s nothing to lose and everything to gain for the recipient charity!
Muriel Molloy, Merrion BD
First of all a big thanks for all those that supported our ‘We don’t want your money’ promotion last Monday, which was a great success as well as a good bit of fun.
While we handed out our 1800 packets of Tayto crisps to shoppers and by-passers on Grafton Street, we we able to share the Give & Buy concept with a number of new people who had not heard of it before. And the feedback was positive all round, with people agreeing that this was a great idea to raise money for charity in a novel way. So, hopefully, we should see a lot of new stock on our website over the next few weeks, and people take a look at the many things, unused or unwanted, in their homes and attics, and put them up for sale at Give & Buy.
We were also very lucky on Monday in terms of the weather (no rain, no snow – what more could one want in November!) and it was great to have both Dublin Lord Mayor Andrew Montague and Bobby Kerr from Dragon’s Den attend, both taking some time out of their busy schedules to attend the event and actively and enthusiastically supporting our mission and event !
Attached are some photos of the event for those who could not make it …
Susanne Dirks at Give & Buy
Just back from town. 1st of Advent, only 4 weeks to Christmas, so I took the DART into town expecting traffic to be chaotic and shops full.
But not so, clearly these are different times and I was surprised how relatively empty shops where, how easy it was to walk and actually make progress walking along Henry Street.
Thinking back about it now, it makes sense, of course, as three trends seem to influence Christmas shopping this year:
Which all links in very well with what we do at Give & Buy, where we have recently added a number of new items for sale as possible Christmas presents, but are still looking our increase our range of goods and services on offer to give buyers the greatest possible choice for finding ‘charitable’ Christmas gifts online.
Hence, our promotion and photoshoot tomorrow morning (see details on our homepage), where we hope to raise the profile of Give&Buy and find new people to donate goods or services for sale in aid of charity.
If you have time tomorrow, please join us …
Susanne Dirks @ Give&Buy
I guess it’s something we all take for granted and it just doesn’t strike you at all when living abroad that in Ireland almost everyone is involved in some way or another in charity. Why it is I just don’t know! Where did it come from?
The truth is that it is really noticeable only when you stop to think about it. When living for example in France where you are never see a collector on the street! You will see down & outs with little hand written signs asking for assistance but never a person with a badge collecting for a charity. Maybe they just don’t give out permits for street collecting!
There is a pile of junk mail in my post box every weekend I make it to my house in the countryside 2 hours from Paris but none of it asking me to help one or other cause. I’ve lived in 5 other European countries and it was much the same. When I lived In England I remember seeing some people selling poppies and once or twice for other good causes too but that was it…..
And yet we are still a rich people throwing out so much food so much unwanted good-for-use items each year that and as the years go by and especially during a recession we start to really notice just how much less we can live on and live without and in truth the only reason I don’t give something to the beggars in the street is that you can’t tell if they are capable of working or not and somehow I always excuse myself by affirming in my mind that I have always given to musicians especially in the Paris metro, that is those that can play a good tune….
John Harney at Give & Buy
You have to hand it to Ryanair and its PR-savvy boss, Michael O’Leary. He knows how to generate publicity for the airline, and he doesn’t seem to worry if there are a few offended people. One of these initiatives is the publication of the “Girls of Ryanair” 2012 calendar, which this year is dedicated to helping DEBRA, one of the Give and Buy charities.
DEBRA is dedicated to helping the development of treatments and cures for EB (Epidermolysis Bullosa) a rare and painful genetic skin condition. We applaud Ryanair and their girls for selecting such a deserving charity and of course helping in a fun way. You can buy this calendar for €10 at DEBRA’s online shop, on the Ryanair website or on Ryanair flights.
In this week’s blog, I would like to draw your attention to a campaign for charities that is currently taking place, i.e. the Better Together Campaign. This is a nationwide campaign, started by the Wheel in 2010, which aims to build support for hundreds of charities, community groups, clubs and associations across the country by encouraging the public to support these good causes and make a difference in their communities.
The campaign this year has three parts: a donating challenge, the selection of a charity hero, and the video competition – all aimed at giving Irish charities an opportunity to raise their profile and create awareness of their work.
I believe a campaign like this is a great idea especially in our current tough economic times when everybody is under financial pressure and getting people to give to charity is just that bit harder than usual and many charities are facing serious challenges as a recent survey showed.
At Give and Buy, we submitted two videos to the competition this week and I would like to encourage you to take a look at these videos – and (hopefully) vote for them.
But that aside, I recommend you take a look at the competition overall and the videos showcased in it. A recent report published highlighted the use of social media by charities, including the fact the 31% of Irish charities currenlt use YouTube to draw attention and gather support for their cause. So, as expected, there are some seriously good videos in this competition, both in terms of the video production and the idea and also in terms of their content. Just check out the video section at Better Together, it is definitely worth a browse.
And with the Presidential Election on this week, there is of course one video you just have to watch:
Susanne Dirks at Give & Buy