Childline is 25 years old and for the last 15 years this service has been there for Ireland’s children every minute of every day. Volunteers answer calls and messages from distressed, scared, lonely children who are not always able to talk to someone close to them. Childline is the only listening service in Ireland that is available to children 24 hours a day. The service receives calls from children during schools hours about bullying, in the afternoon when parents are not there to talk and in the middle of the night from children who are too worried about the next day to sleep.
“Childline volunteers see first-hand how important this service is to children in Ireland. You never know when a child in serious need will call and it’s critical that the lines are always open to listen. The thought that a child who has worked up the courage to call Childline would have to wait for the service to open is appalling.” – John Hyland, Childline volunteer
Due to a drop in public donations and a lack of government funding there is a real danger of Childline reducing its hours of operation. This will lead to thousands of children being unable to rely on a service that has been there for them for so many years. The ISPCC Cork is asking people to show their support for this vital service by running the Airtricity Dublin Marathon and raising funds to keep Childline open.
“You can keep Childline open by challenging yourself in the Airtricity Dublin Marathon and raising funds. The Airtricity Dublin Marathon is a fantastic event and Childline needs you to go the extra mile and help us be there for thousands of children who deserve to be heard.” – Rita Lucnikovaite, ISPCC Community Fundraiser
For more information or to receive your fundraising pack please call Elaine on 087 792 0646 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or log onto www.ispcc.ie
Last year Childline received nearly 700,000 calls and contacts from vulnerable children reaching out for help. Our Childline service is unable to answer 1 in 3 calls due to a lack of funding. With 95% of our Childline services funded by donations we really need more support for this vital service. You can donate by texting the word “Childline” to 50300. Texts cost €2. A minimum of €1.63 will go towards the charity. Service provided by Like Charity.