Paws for thought as volunteers urged to help out
AMBASSADOR for Volunteering Ireland Claire Byrne yesterday helped launch the European Year of Volunteering Roadshow with some four-legged friends -- the Irish Therapy Dogs.
The hard-working dogs provide physical, therapeutic and educational benefits to people, young and old in hospitals, nursing homes, day care centres and schools.
The interactive roadshow marks European Year of Volunteering 2011. It showcases Irish voluntary work and aims to encourage people to get involved.
Among those participating are volunteers in such sectors as animal care, the arts, homelessness, multiple sclerosis support, youth work, senior citizens support, community work, disabilities, meningitis, rehabilitation, international development, sports and addiction services.
The week-long event, which is touring European capitals, will run until Friday in EC House on Dawson Street, Dublin.
Visitors will have the opportunity to find out about more than 70 Irish voluntary and charity organisations.
The RTE broadcaster was joined by Harry McLaughlin (8), from Bray, Co Wicklow, who was recently honoured with a European Year of Volunteering ambassadorship after raising almost €5,000 for the Haiti appeal. Photo: Mark Stedman