Supporting Waterford charities this Christmas

This year we are again supporting two fantastic Waterford charities, Down Syndrome Ireland Waterford and South Kilkenny branch and the WLR Christmas appeal in aid of St. Vincent de Paul, Waterford.

As a team, we like to support the local community and chose these two charities due to personal connections. Additionally, both charities continue to provide amazing support and services year after year.

“For Q1 Scientific, supporting the community in which we live and work is very important to us. We recognise that operating in the not-for-profit sector has never been more challenging with escalating costs and needs. By supporting these two charities we hope to make a positive difference in the lives of others.”
Stephen Delaney, Managing Director at Q1 Scientific

Down Syndrome Ireland, Waterford and South Kilkenny branch

Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI) is a National Charity with 25 Branches all over the country. The Waterford and South Kilkenny Branch currently provides support to over 170 members and their families in the local area. This local branch is run by a voluntary committee of parents of children and adults with Down Syndrome.

DSI works to help people with Down Syndrome reach their full potential by providing information and support to them, their families, carers and professionals. To achieve this aim, DSI have a three-pronged approach: activities for members, Family Support Network and raising awareness of Down Syndrome among professionals and the public.

Through providing ‘all-through-life’ supports to people with Down syndrome and their families with specialists in the areas of health, speech and language, early development, education and adult education, and independence DSI enhances the lives of thousands of children and adults with Down syndrome across the country.

Why we chose to support Waterford charity DSI this year

Talking about why we chose to support DSI Waterford and South Kilkenny Branch, Fiona O’Riordan says:

“Down Syndrome Ireland, Waterford and South Kilkenny branch do trojan work for people with Down syndrome locally. Our little girl Tara has Down syndrome and over the years we have received so much support in terms of therapies which have benefited Tara hugely. She is currently accessing speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and therapeutic horse riding, via support from our local branch. This is just a small selection of the services available. The branch relies heavily on fundraising with events running throughout the year.”
Fiona O’Riordan, Assistant Accountant at Q1 Scientific

WLR FM Christmas appeal in aid of St. Vincent de Paul, Waterford

The WLR “Be A Little Star” Christmas Appeal in aid of St. Vincent Paul (SVP) is back again this year. So many families in Waterford have suffered terribly over the last year due to rising living costs and we hope our donation can provide some relief this Christmas. SVP is currently helping people throughout Ireland who are struggling to provide food, heat and clothing for themselves and their families.

Our donation will go directly to the SVP in Waterford so they can continue to help the people of Waterford City and County. Donations support not only financial assistance for food and bills, but also support people in making a better life for themselves and their families.

“We have seen how one small thing can tip a family into a cycle of poverty and crisis, but the opposite is also true. A little bit of help at the right time can change everything. By donating to SVP you can be there just when a family needs it. You can stop them from falling into that cycle. You can help save them from a life of poverty.”
Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Supporting Down Syndrome Ireland and St. Vincent de Paul Waterford charities

There are many ways that you or your business can support Down Syndrome Ireland and SVP. For instance, both have various options to volunteer, donate or fundraise with your colleagues and friends.

WLR Christmas Appeal logoDown Syndrome Ireland

To find out how you can get involved, please contact Down Syndrome Ireland or St. Vincent de Paul.