2017 Charities

ring of Kerry cycle general donation

Everyday Hero

Everydayhero is Ireland’s leading peer-to-peer fundraising platform. By participating in the Ring of Kerry Cycle you’ll get your own free, personalised, online fundraising page, where you can set goals and share regular updates with your networks directly through Facebook, Twitter, email and map their training through our integration with MapMyFitness and Strava.

It’s simple to use on both desktop and phone and makes it easy to share your fundraising journey for the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle to family and friends for the charity and cause you care about.

Camphill Community Dingle

At Camphill Community Dingle we live and work alongside people with special needs. We focus on an individual’s abilities enabling potential through meaningful work, activities and life skills.
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Camphill Community Dingle is part of an international charity; we live and work with people of all abilities, many whom have special needs. We focus on the person’s abilities through working together on our 44 acre farm close to Dingle town. We work the land, and farm and through our various workshops, such as weaving, art and life skills we are able to develop each individual’s potential.
Many of the people supporting our residents and day attendees are volunteers who live in the community sharing their life. Our sense of community is enhanced through sharing unique experiences and giving purpose to the work that we do on a daily basis.

Monies raised by selecting us as your charity for this event will support our community to grow in order that we can extend our service to those people with disabilities who are seeking meaningful support in West Kerry and beyond


Derrynane Inshore Rescue

The Derrynane Inshore Rescue is a voluntary organisation with 16 full time crew members. It is a 24-hour station from Valentia Coastguard covering from Ballinskelligs Bay, down the Kenmare river, also covering the west Cork side of the river.
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The Derrynane Inshore Rescue CRBI (Community Inshore Rescue Boats of Ireland) was founded around 1994 and we became a declared Resource in 2002. We have a two-year project which includes the refurbishment of our present Rescue Rib to bring it up to standards along with the replacement of our slip way for launching the Rib.

The funds raised through the ROKCC will mean that our unit will continue to give a full service of excellence to the public and to our crew members. Our boat is currently off station being refurbished by Inland Inflatables in Sligo and we hope to be back to full service for the Summer season.


Down Syndrome Ireland – Kerry Branch

Down Syndrome Kerry is a voluntary organisation run by parents and families in Kerry who have a family member with Down syndrome.
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Our goal is to help people with Down Syndrome to make their own futures as bright and independent as possible by providing them with education, support and friendship every step of the way.
We have over 200 member families throughout the county. We provide Speech & Language therapy, Occupational Therapy, Supported employment, & adult literacy courses to our members, along with providing training & advice to professionals who deliver these services to our members.

We also organise both sporting and social events for our members.

Down Syndrome Kerry receives no state funding for any of our activities or services. We depend totally on fundraising and the generosity of the public. Thank you to the Ring of Kerry for giving us this opportunity and thanks to you for choosing to cycle and fundraise for our charity. This will help us to sustain and preserve these vital services and activities for our families.


Buy a Bus Campaign for Kerry Parents & Friends Association

Buy a Bus campaign was set up a year ago on a voluntary basis to raise funds to provide Kerry Parents and Friends with a wheelchair accessible bus.
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The Buy a Bus campaign very quickly raised €53,800 which secured a 171KY bus for people with intellectual disabilities in our local community. The committee noticed that while this was a great achievement it was only a drop in the ocean when one would see the disrepair of the other 16 buses on the road. No state funding is allocated to Kerry Parents and Friends for transport. To date the campaign has 2,500 euros for bus number two. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking the Ring of Kerry Cycle committee for our nomination.


Kerry Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre

The Kerry Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre provides free professional counselling and support services to females and males affected by all types of sexual violence.
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Kerry Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre opened its doors 25 years ago this year and in the intervening years we have seen and helped thousands of people affected by all types of sexual abuse. We provide a wide range of services and as it has been from day one, all our services are free of charge and provided by highly qualified, professional staff. The services range from one-to-one counselling, helpline counselling, court accompaniment, education programmes and much more. We rely so much on the support of the public as 30% of our income comes from fundraising events. Without your support we would not be able to respond to all the requests for support and counselling. Thank you for your on-going support and helping us to continue reaching out to so many people.

In a client’s words – “A special thank you to all the staff at the centre. The centre has helped me so much on my way to recovery and for that I will be forever grateful. Thank you so much for all the support and counselling during one of the darkest periods of my life.”


Recovery Haven

Recovery Haven – Cancer Support House

A haven from the outside world, offering frees support services to men, women and children affected by cancer, their families and those who care for them.
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Cancer can throw you and your family into challenging times and turmoil. Recovery Haven (Cancer Support House) is there for those dealing with cancer, also families , carers and those bereaved. Cancer fills people with fear, apprehension and panic. Recovery Haven is a place of peace and hope and our support services, counselling and therapies can help people cope better with illness or find respite and relief during difficult times.

Recovery Haven is a volunteer led organisation and registered charity. Our story began when a group of local like-minded people came together in 2009 with a vision of providing supports to those individuals and families in our community dealing with cancer. Through hard work, determination and the support of local community 5 Haig’s Terrace, Tralee was transformed. We opened our doors in September 2010 and to date almost 1,000 people have availed of our services. Each month we have about 170 attendances to the centre.

We provide drop-in listening support service, phone support and nurse support along with adult and adolescent counselling, play therapy for children. The stress relieving power of complimentary therapies, yoga & pilates classes and our walking group are all aimed at improved general wellbeing. Group supports are available through our women’s and men’s cancer support group and our twice monthly bereavement support meetings. Pilates, yoga and our walking group are all exercise classes aimed to improve general wellness. Bra and prosthesis fitting service and wig fitting service are also provided.

Recovery Haven started the height of the recession when many of our local hospital cancer services were being discontinued and patients now have to travel to distant cancer centres. We strive to ensure that support services are available free and within the community.

Our mission is to provide professional, un-judgemental support services in a calm and tranquil environment so as to make a difference to the lives of those affected by cancer. We do not receive any state funding and are totally dependent on donations. We need your support to continue our mission!


Social Action Group Rathmore

Our latest project, the development of the Rathmore Presentation Convent at the cost of €1.7 million, is breathing new life into a beautiful old listed building, greatly increasing our accommodation for older adults, creating valuable employment and boosting the rural economy.
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One of the main objectives of the Social Action Group is to care for the needs of older adults. Over one hundred and thirty people use our service daily. The importance of our service is summed up in these words of one of our clients.
“I love my house provided by the SAG. I feel wanted, safe and comfortable. The day centre nearby is a wonderful place, lovely food, welcoming staff, great company and craic, nursing care and even a shower and shave if you need it. I lived alone in an isolated area and was often lonely and now I am so content and happy”

The day centre cares for people with a variety of conditions as well as the more active and also a meals on wheels, laundry and transport service is provided.
We thank all involved in the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle for helping us to make a difference.


Talbot Grove

Talbot Grove is a unique service in Kerry, providing treatment services to people affected by Alcoholism, Drug Addiction, Compulsive Gambling, Eating Disorders and other addictions.
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Talbot Grove was set up by a group of volunteers who came together in the late 1980s to establish a professional residential service within the county of Kerry to treat those suffering from addiction, principally alcoholism at that time. With the doors opening in 1993, Talbot Grove has since established itself as a leading Addiction Treatment Centre in Ireland, treating those affected by Alcoholism, Drug Addiction, Compulsive Gambling, Eating Disorders and other addictions.
We are a registered charity with legal status, operating on a not for profit basis and run by a Board of Directors who volunteer their time and expertise to providing good governance for Talbot Grove. Located adjacent to Castleisland town in a pleasant and peaceful environment, we have capacity for 12 participants in an intensive 30-day Residential Treatment Programme with the assurance of privacy and confidentially. Each person’s particular needs are addressed through Group Therapy, Individual Counselling, Addiction Education and a range of other activities.

Advice and support is given to family members and other persons affected by, or concerned about another persons’ use of Alcohol, Drugs, Medications, Food or Gambling. We provide a range of Family & Concerned Persons programmes tailored to give the participants the knowledge, skills and strength to cope with their particular situations and where possible to have a positive effect on the person they’re concerned about.

Talbot Grove is delighted to be selected as one of the main charities to benefit from the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle 2017. The complexities of addiction are growing and consequently the demands on a service like ours continue to evolve and grow in complexity. As we have outgrown our existing facilities in Castleisland which have served us and our clients very well for the past 23 years, we need to upgrade our facilities and provide for the growing needs. To this end we have designed a purpose built Centre to be built on our grounds in Castleisland. With planning permission already granted, this new facility will greatly enhance the services currently being provided by Talbot Grove, and ensure the continuity of these services for many decades to come through modern facilities that meet all the required statutory and quality standards for a modern addiction treatment centre.


Temple Street Foundation

Temple Street Foundation was established in 2000 with the sole purpose of raising funds to make Temple Street Children’s University Hospital a better place. Every year Temple Street relies on the generosity of its donors to help raise funds to redevelop hospital wards, fund vital equipment & services and invest in research. Having access to state of the state of the art facilities & equipment literally saves lives.
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Temple Street is the first port of call for over 145,000 children every year suffering from every kind of illness and injury imaginable. Temple Street Foundation’s aim is to help sick children by making their stay in hospital less distressing for them and their families, by funding the purchase of medical equipment, developing new services, funding research and developing new treatment facilities. However, the treatment we provide here at Temple Street is not limited to just the first-class medical care that we deliver.
For many children and their families Temple Street Children’s University Hospital is a home away from home and so we treat the children of Temple Street as if they were our own. Temple Street children are special and that’s why the hospital must continue to be as extraordinary as the children that come here. Temple Street Foundation is a registered charity – Charity Reg No: CHY 13534.

Temple Street treats sick children from every county in Ireland – with thousands of patients from all over the country coming through our doors every year.

  • 6000+ operations
  • 1300+ CT Scans
  • 2400+ MRI Scans

In 2015, almost 75,000 children attended the hospital’s outpatient department, a further 53,000 were treated in our Emergency Department and the hospital cared for 15,672 in-patients.


Valentia Island Hospital

Valentia Island Hospital is a charitable facility providing long stay residential care, respite care and day care services for the elderly of the South Kerry area and is managed by a voluntary Board of Directors.
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Valentia Island Hospital was established in 1870 and has provided 147 years of unbroken service to the Iveragh peninsula in South Kerry to date.
It currently provides long stay care for 16 elderly residents as well as providing a day care service and associated and ancillary services for the elderly of the locality also.
The existing accommodation does not meet current HIQA standards so it has become necessary to provide a new extension to the facility which will provide single room accommodation to the required standards for 24 residents. The current bedrooms will be reconfigured and put to other uses in the daily operation of the service. This extension will also make it more financially secure for the future due to economies of scale associated with the 50% increase in capacity.
The cost of providing and fitting out this extension is almost €1.5 million and has to be sourced by the voluntary Board of Management.

Being a beneficiary of the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle in 2014 and 2015 has been a huge boost to our fundraising to date and we are hopeful that this year’s proceeds will see the project almost fully funded when completed later this year.