One of the primary club activities is raising money for charitable causes. Over the years these have included helping sponsor the Irish Deaf Soccer Team on their trips to successive World Deaf Soccer Cup finals, supporting the Share a Dream Foundation. With the support of Gary Kelly who donated a signed team shirt to raffle, club members donated generously to the benefit fund for the Leeds United supporters who tragically lost their lives in Turkey some years ago. The club has also supported Leukaemia Research, the International Myeloma Foundation, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, Cystic Fibrosis Ireland, and the National Council for the Blind in Ireland, amongst others.
The club was also proud to be a major contributor to the benefit fund, organised in 2002 by our colleagues in Birmingham, for ex-Ireland International David Langan whose injuries sustained during his football career have resulted in disability. Over a period of several years the club raised funds in support of St.Luke’s Hospice, Kenton, Middlesex, in memory of our former Chair, Tony Booth, who passed away in January 2002 at St.Luke’s, after a lengthy illness.
In 2004, the club raised funds for Temple Street Hospital in Dublin with one of our members, Maurice McCrohan running in the Dublin Marathon and with raffle proceeds from our anniversary Dinner Dance. The proceeds from some of the raffles held during the course of our monthly meetings in 2006 were donated to Cricklewood Homeless Concern.
In January 2006, the Club organised it’s inaugural Charity Sports Quiz, the total proceeds of which were donated To St Luke’s Hospice, Kenton.
The Club is delighted to have been able to organise a Charity Quiz at the January 2007 meeting in aid of Cystinosis Foundation Ireland. The charity was chosen, as founding member and the first secretary of RISSC (London), Sue Maguire (nee Dunne) has two children Siobhan and Ciara who suffer from Cystinosis. Sue’s husband Andy is also a founding member of ROISSC Dublin.
The nominated charity for 2008 was HCPT and £1000 was raised by members during the year through various raffles and the charity quiz. In that year an additional £578 was donated to St Lukes Hospice and The Bray Firefighers fund.
Our annual Charity Quiz for 2009 took place following our meeting on Friday 16 January. The proceeds from the evening totalled £1,000 and were distributed equally between our nominated charities for the 2009 Club Year – ‘Friends of Michael Sobell House’ and ‘Teenage Cancer Trust’.
The Club is delighted with the response to our annual Charity Quiz, which also incorporated a Charity Raffle and Charity Auction, and took place following our meeting on Friday 22 January 2010. The proceeds from the evening together with personal donations and other raffles, including a special event at our opening night in the Thomas Prior Hall at Bewleys Hotel in Ballsbridge, totalled in the region of £2,500 and will be distributed to our nominated charity for the club year ended 30 June 2010 – WONS Orphanage in the Chunga district of Zambia.
Our annual Charity Quiz for 2011 took place following our meeting on Friday 28 January. The proceeds from the evening totalled £600 and were allocated to our nominated charity for the 2011 Club Year – ‘The Alex Curtis Memorial Trust’.
The club was again delighted to host the Annual Charity Quiz for 2012 on Friday 3 February. The proceeds from the evening were some £900 and were allocated to our nominated charities for the 2012 Club Year – ‘ Aisling – Return to Ireland Project’.
The Club’s nominated charity for the year ending 30 June 2013 was ” Children’s Liver Disease Ireland” and we were delighted to raise £1,500 for the charity, raised through our Annual Charity Quiz, which also incorporated a Charity Raffle and took place following our meeting on Friday 1 February 2013.
The Club’s nominated charity for the year ending 30 June 2014 was ” The John Giles Foundation” and the ‘Club’ was delighted to present a cheque for €3,000 to the esteemed patron and our very special guest, John Giles. This amount was raised through our Charity Quiz, coupled with our charity raffle and voluntary donations from our membership at our special event on the evening of Friday 31 January 2014.
The Club’s nominated charity for the year ending 30 June 2015 was ” Down Syndrome Ireland” and we are delighted that, through the support of our members and friends, we were able to present a cheque for €4,000 to esteemed Patron Kevin Kilbane and charity Chief Executive Pat Clarke following our Annual Charity Quiz, which took place on Friday 23 January 2015.
The Club’s nominated charity for the year ending 30 June 2016 was ” Barretstown” and we were delighted to raise £2,500 for the charity, raised through our Annual Charity Quiz, which also incorporated a Charity Raffle and took place following our meeting on Friday 29 January 2016.
The 2017 Quiz had Stephen Hunt in attendance and the event proved another resounding success and we are delighted to have been able to present ‘Beating Bowel Cancer‘ with a cheque for £5,500 the total proceeds of the evening, together with personal contributions and other associated events. Former Irish international and Everton legend Kevin Sheedy became an Ambassador for the charity in March 2014. Kevin was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2012 and both his parents have been affected by the disease. Following treatment, Kevin was given the all-clear and is now helping to raise awareness of bowel cancer.
The 13th edition of the quiz took place in January 2018. Through the support of our club members and our many friends we were delighted to preside over another hugely successful event and at the end of the night were able to present the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland with a cheque for €5,000 .
Our 2019 Event, with the contributions of our generous Sponsors, our various raffles, and member donations together with the magnificent contribution made by our host Finbar at The Claddagh Ring, generated €6,500, which was distributed equally between our two nominated charities – Acquired Brain Injury Ireland and Cystic Fibrosis Ireland.