Rape Crisis Midwest donation -Pictured are Ken Coleman, Margarita Bernal Arango and Moya Ni Cheallaigh of Limerick Artists for Ukraine, making the presentation to Miriam Duffy and Verena Tarpey of Rape Crisis Midwest.
Limerick Artists for Ukraine fundraising exhibition donated €50,000 to the Irish Refugee Council
By I Love Limerick correspondent Rachel Petticrew
€1,500 from funds of over €51,000 raised by Limerick Artists will go towards funding the training of two Ukrainian/Russian speaking therapists in rape crisis, one of whom lives here permanently and another who will eventually return to Ukraine to assist rape victims there.
Ken Coleman, Margarita Bernal Arango and Moya Ni Cheallaigh of Limerick Artists for Ukraine made the Rape Crisis Midwest donation presentation to Miriam Duffy and Verena Tarpey of RCM at their headquarters at Phoenix House, Punches Close last week.
“The cash proceeds from a large raffle and the sale of catalogues on the night of the art auction in April were signed over by the LAFU team by the Irish Refugee Council to use for local projects,” Moya Ni Cheallaigh, one of the organisers of the Limerick Artists for Ukraine event, explained. “This Rape Crisis Midwest donation is one of three projects the artists will help fund locally”.
A further €1000 was donated by LAFU to the Northside Family Resource Centre, to help fund a summer camp being run for Ukrainian teenagers this month, with a final amount of €500 going to fund resources for English language classes.
Over 100 Irish artists partook in the hugely successful Limerick Artists for Ukraine fundraising exhibition, with over €50,000 raised donated to the Irish Refugee Council. The event aimed to bring Limerick artists together in a collective response to the Ukraine crisis and raise much-needed funds for refugees arriving in Ireland. The artwork in the exhibition consisted of 35 auction pieces and 75 pieces for direct sale.
Rape Crisis Midwest was founded in 1980 by a group of women and men concerned about the lack of services for survivors of rape and sexual abuse in Limerick.
Since then, Rape Crisis Midwest has provided extensive information, professional support and a quality counselling service to survivors of sexual abuse and violence throughout the Midwest region. The non-profit centre currently has over 150 volunteers. With a yearly deficit of around €120,000, donations keep the crisis centre operating and providing services to those in need.
Moya Ni Cheallaigh of Limerick Artists for Ukraine said, “It was a huge honour for myself and the team who helped make this happen, to present these cheques on behalf of our fellow artists who gave 100% of the sale of their work to this cause. Many of the works in our hybrid online sale and exhibition and auction in Limerick School of Art and Design on 28th April had been pledged long before any displaced people from Ukraine arrived in the country. Our Ukrainian friends have been so grateful to us, but we should be grateful to them for what they are sacrificing to try and keep not only Ukraine, but the rest of Eastern Europe safe.”
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