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Time for Childline Change – Donate to ISPCC Childline on their National Collection Day!

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Jun, 2017
“I have been contacting Childline for four months now. I am in foster care because my stepfather abused me and when my mum found out about it, she took her own life. I have no brothers or sisters. Sometimes I ring Childline just to chat. I really miss my mum, she was my best friend. I like to talk to Childline about her and about how I am feeling and also about the good memories that I have of my mum. It really helps talking to Childline about things. They really listen and never judge me no matter what I say.”
 
Nicole* is just one of over 1,000 children who contact ISPCC Childline every day. On Friday 30th June, the ISPCC will undertake a National Collection Day, the first of its kind for the ISPCC. We are asking the public to please donate their change for Childline – make a real change in a child’s life and help children like Nicole.
 
Across Ireland, hundreds of volunteers will be shaking buckets and collecting change to help the ISPCC but we need your help. If you see a volunteer, please donate whatever change you may have and spread the word!
 
Alternatively, if you can’t make it to one of the collections, you can donate online at ispcc.ie/donate or you can text to CHILDLINE to 50300 to donate €2. Texts cost €2.  ISPCC will receive a minimum of €1.63. Service Provider:  LIKECHARITY.  Helpline 076 680 5278.
 
The ISPCC provides a range of services to children and young people and their families which is funded almost exclusively by public donations. Every year, its Childline service receives over 400,000 contacts from children through its phone, text and online services. The Childline phone service is available 24 hours a day, for any child who needs to talk on 1800 66 66 66.
 
ISPCC Interim Chief Executive, Caroline O’Sullivan, stated: “This is such an important step for the ISPCC – the first Childline Change National Collection Day – and we hope the public will get behind us and help fund this essential service. At Childline, we listen to children, 24 hours a day, 365 days a day. Your support will ensure we can continue to listen to vulnerable children.”
 
Ryan Tubridy, speaking at the Childline Change launch said: “Childline plays a vital role in supporting children in distress across the country.  As an ISPCC Ambassador, I have a clear insight into the importance of their work and the value of Childline to children in Ireland so I urge everyone to get out and support the ISPCC on Friday 30th June. It’s incredibly important to listen to children and Childline is always there to listen – 24/7.”
 
Sandeep Suri, General Manager of Fidelity Investments in Ireland added: “Fidelity Investments is delighted to announce our new two-year partnership with the national children’s charity ISPCC Childline. Compassion is at the heart of our core values as a company – as we start this exciting journey with ISPCC, our employees are very excited about the fundraising and volunteering opportunities this partnership represents, starting with our sponsorship of “Childline Change” on Friday, 30th June, to raise vital funds for this great charity.”
 
Childline needs to raise almost 85 per cent of its funding through donations. Funds from the National Collection Day will ensure that we can continue to help and protect the children throughout Ireland and be there for them, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
 
If you would like to volunteer for Childline Change, please contact our Fundraising Department on 1850 50 40 50.
 
*Nicole is a name used for storytelling purposes and the story details have been changed for this press release.