Paddy McGuinness, deputy chief executive of Concern, has called on Dublin Bus to use refund ticket money for charity. Some ‚€1 million worth of refund tickets remained unclaimed last year, according to the company.
Following the EU budget negotiations last week a further ‚€200 million has been secured for Peace III (or the Special Programme to Support Peace and Reconciliation in NI and the Border Counties). It was thought that the second round of EU funding (Peace II) would be the last for this programme.
In the year since Barnardos in Ireland began face to face fundraising they have recruited 2500 supporters according to the charity. Their face to face programme asks people to become a Barnardos Childhood Friend.
Prisoners at Maghaberry prision are helping the Northern Ireland Children's Hospice with preparations for five Santa's Grottos which will raise funds for life limited children. The prisoners have wrapped 2000 gifts for a Santa's Grotto run in aid of the Hospice.
The Simon Community Northern Ireland is asking people to donate £3 to help people who are homeless this Christmas by texting 'Simon' to 60040. The donation service can be used in the UK and NI and costs £3, plus standard network charge.
The banking industry estimates that several hundred million pounds would be available for charitable activity under new policy finally agreed.
The Chancellor, Gordon Brown has revealed progress on the unclaimed assets issue in his pre-budget statement on 5 December 2005.
The Northern Ireland Fund for Reconciliation is calling for applications to its Major Grants Programme. NIFR is a charitable non-political organisation, established by Senator George Mitchell and leaders of the political parties in Northern Ireland which signed the Good Friday Agreeement.
Donations for Northern Ireland charity Action Cancer from retailers Musgrave SuperValu-Centra haved reached the £500,000 mark. The financial contribution is believed to be one of the largest ever made to a Northern Ireland charity by a local company.
Atlantic Philanthropies, one of the largest charitable foundation's in Europe, has withdrawn its five year commitment to the Dublin based Centre for Public Inquiry. The withdrawal of the ‚€4 million funding was precipitated by allegations made by the Irish minister for justice who has accused the centre's director of being part of an IRA plot involving Columbian rebels.