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Each year our team are invited to nominate and select a charity of the year for each of our UK and Irish divisions. Throughout the year, various fundraising activities are held to raise funds for the chosen charity.
For 2019, Cystic Fibrosis Ireland are the chosen charity for our Irish teams.

To begin our activities for 2019, we welcomed Fergal Smyth, Fundraising Manager and Lisa Talty to our HQ in Ennis to present to our team. Lisa spoke to us about her experience of living with Cystic Fibrosis, her positive attitude to life and her love of travelling! Fergal told us more about Cystic Fibrosis, introduced the supports Cystic Fibrosis Ireland offer and their key fundraising events for 2019.

We are proud to support Cystic Fibrosis Ireland as our Irish Charity of the Year 2019 and look forward to fundraising to support their work this year.

About Cystic Fibrosis Ireland

Cystic Fibrosis Ireland is a voluntary organisation that was set up by parents of people with Cystic Fibrosis in 1963 to improve the treatment and facilities for people with Cystic Fibrosis in Ireland. It is the leading national organisation dedicated to improving the quality of life of people with Cystic Fibrosis across Ireland. We do this through providing information, advice and advocacy, offering grant assistance, undertaking research, funding dedicated Cystic Fibrosis health facilities and advancing the development of lung transplantation in Ireland. Cystic Fibrosis Ireland are solely concerned with the well-being of people with Cystic Fibrosis.

Ireland has the highest incidence of Cystic Fibrosis in the world. Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited disease which mainly affects the lungs and the digestive system. The median age of death of someone with Cystic Fibrosis in Ireland is just 30 years of age.

Cystic Fibrosis Ireland do not receive any state funding, we are supported solely by fundraising and donations. Our primary source of income is through Community Events run by volunteers nationwide and support from our Charity Partners. We have a strong branch network across the country and work with our volunteers and fundraisers to generate our fundraising income.

Our key fundraising events for 2019 include 65 Roses Day which takes place on Friday 12th April with our Purple Roses on sale for €2 nationwide. From May 9th to 12th we have our Malin2Mizen Cycle4CF, followed by our 1 in 1000 campaign to recruit 1,000 women to participate in the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon on June 2nd. On September 15th we hold our Head2Head Walk from Howth Head to Bray Head followed by our Overseas Walk in Greece from 20th to 27th. We will round the year off with our Christmas Jumper Day 4 CF on December 13th.

All support received helps to improve the quality of life for people with Cystic Fibrosis in Ireland and we could not continue to provide this support without the great generosity of fundraisers and donors across Ireland.

For more on Cystic Fibrosis Ireland see here