Give just a little to help a lot, says Robinson
FORMER president Mary Robinson is urging people and businesses to donate just a fraction of their time and money to help benefit the greater good of Irish society.
The human-rights campaigner and founder of the Mary Robinson Foundation joined international rugby star Ronan O'Gara and celebrity chef Clodagh McKenna in a new campaign calling on everyone to commit just 1pc of their income, profits or time to a worthy cause they believe in as traditional philanthropic streams dry up.
Speaking at the launch of 'The One Percent Difference' campaign in Dublin yesterday, she said that "everyone has duties to the community" and urged people to support a culture of philanthropy in an ongoing, sustained way of giving back to the community.
"You know that in giving, you're much more enriched," she added.
Frank Flannery, chairman of the Forum on Philanthropy, said that 85pc of Ireland's philanthropic funds and activities will cease over the next three years.
And he said it is vital that people support the campaign – featured in a national radio and TV appeal that hit the airwaves last night – to donate what they can to around 500 charities, arts and sports organisations and non-profit groups around the country.
He said: "We believe that 1pc can make a tangible contribution to local renewal and national recovery in Ireland. My message to everyone in this country is that all contributions are vital and it is not what you give that matters, but what matters is that you give."
He also called on Irish businesses to donate just 1pc of their annual profits to philanthropic causes.
Anyone interested in taking part in the campaign can do so by logging on to www.onepercentdifference.ie.