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Limerick’s Big Bark podcast 2024 charity calendar fundraises for animal welfare organisations

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The Big Bark podcast has announced the details for the 2024 Charity Calendar

Big Bark podcast owner announces launch of 2024 Charity Calendar aimed at assisting various animal welfare organisations throughout Ireland

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Darragh Bourke, the owner of The Big Bark, a popular canine podcast based in Limerick, has unveiled the details of their annual charity fundraiser aimed at assisting various animal welfare organisations throughout Ireland.

Since the launch of The Big Bark podcast in 2019, the initiative has successfully raised close to €10,000 for reputable charities including Limerick Animal Welfare, MADRA, SARDA, Dogs in Distress, and Haven Rescue, among others.

This year’s fundraiser will once again revolve around the sale of The Big Bark’s Charity Calendar and will also feature a bumper raffle with over 40 enticing prizes up for grabs. The raffle is scheduled to take place during a special live episode of The Big Bark titled “All I woof for Christmas 2023” in December.


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Notably, this year, the podcast is partnering with two outstanding charities: DSPCA and The Haven Rescue.

The heart of The Big Bark’s fundraising efforts lies in the uniquely designed calendar, featuring a blend of images showcasing dogs from their dedicated followers, as well as those in the care of partner charities and dogs who have previously found their forever homes in rescue centres across Ireland. Darragh Bourke emphasised the inclusive nature of the calendar, stating that every dog submitted will be featured, reflecting the belief that every dog is special and unique.

Darragh explained the process, saying, “Last year’s calendar featured photos of over 150 dogs were submitted to the team and as always, when looking at the cute images, it’s so hard to choose – how do you get that down to 12 or 15 images. I decided last year that there would be no choosing as I wanted to make sure that every dog has his day.

“Obviously, since this is raising funds for 2 amazing charities, we will also ensure that dogs from the charities feature in the calendar”.

“Like our 2023 calendar, every dog who is submitted to us will feature in the calendar. The idea is all about uniqueness – every dog is unique and special in their own way, we wanted to showcase that, and we made sure to do what it takes to fit all the dogs into the calendar.

The Big Bark podcast 2024 charity calendar fundraiser aimed at assisting various animal welfare organisations in Ireland

Pre-orders for the calendars are already surging, with the first batch set for dispatch on November 15th. Given the high demand, early purchase is recommended. All proceeds from calendar sales will be split among the charity partners.

Building on the success of the 2021 and 2022 campaigns, The Big Bark is excited to launch the 2023 fundraising campaign, aptly named “I Believe in Santa Paws.” This campaign centres around the ideals of hope and belief, with a focus on advocating for effective animal welfare laws to combat animal cruelty and striving for a future where every shelter animal finds their forever home.

Dog owners interested in having their furry friends featured in the calendar can submit images via The Big Bark’s dedicated website.

Additionally, the 2024 Calendars and raffle tickets can be pre-ordered directly from The Big Bark’s website here.
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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the ilovelimerick.com concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.