Jack & Jill founder wins global fundraiser award
THE founder of a children's charity which provides nursing-care support for families of children with brain damage has won a global fundraising award for collecting over €32m using pioneering ideas.
Jonathan Irwin -- founder of the Jack & Jill Children's Foundation -- has been named Global Fundraiser of the Year at an international congress in the Netherlands.
It was the first Irish charity to turn unwanted mobile phones into cash and recently extended the promotion to include computer games and crutches.
Mr Irwin (70) and his wife -- Senator Mary Ann O'Brien -- set up the charity in 1997 after their son Jack Irwin suffered brain damage after being deprived of oxygen after his birth.
He required round the clock care at home with the help of two local nurses and family and friends. Jack died at home aged 22 months.