There was a phenomenal response to FormalFriday last week with more than €165,000 raised for our front line heroes across several charities. Listeners of Communicorps’ national radio stations were encouraged to dress up in their best attire as they worked from home, with the campaign fundraising for nine hospital foundations in Ireland.
Social media was a flurry with photos and videos of men, women, and children dressed in their best outfits, and even some family dogs taking part. Some of the best dressed included wedding dresses, debs and bridesmaid dresses, tuxedos and three-piece suits.
Over 6,400 people donated to the fundraiser, showing that the spirit for fun while working from home is well and truly alive in Ireland. Thank you to everyone who took part and donated to #FormalFriday. We at Temple Street are delighted to have been chosen as a part of the Formal Friday charity campaign. Thank you to all who donated and thank you to Communicorp for including us!
The campaign compliments the ‘Together With Our Heroes’ Appeal launched in response to the great need of the COVID-19 crisis. As the COVID-19 crisis deepens across Ireland and around the globe, the teams in our hospitals – CHI at Crumlin, Temple Street and Connolly – are working harder than ever to provide the same world-class care to sick children who need it most.
Commenting on the ‘Together With Our Heroes’ Appeal, Chief Executive of the Children’s Health Foundation, Denise Fitzgerald says “in these unprecedented times we are asking the public to support the patients and staff in CHI children’s hospitals, by helping us provide the support they and their families need at this time. Public support has never been as important as it is now to ensure we can continue to support the on-going work in CHI at Crumlin, Temple Street and Connolly. Your donation will be put to work where it is most urgently needed in all our children’s hospitals. By supporting this appeal, we can help our heroes to keep providing world-class care to Ireland’s sickest children.”