Jake Carter, winner of Dancing with the Stars, has stars in his eyes for Cavapoo, Lenny. Jake and Lenny are taking part in Paws for a Cause, Family Carers Ireland’s fundraiser to support carers in crisis, and are encouraging others to walk 24K over 7 days during National Carers Week. PHOTO: MARK STEDMAN
National Carers Week taking place 7 – 13th June 2021
01 June 2021: Jake Carter, winner of Dancing with the Stars, has stars in his eyes for Cavapoo, Lenny. Jake and Lenny are taking part in ‘Paws for a Cause’, Family Carers Ireland’s national fundraising initiative to support carers in crisis during National Carers Week 7 – 13th June 2021.
Jake and Lenny are asking people all over Ireland to join them and walk or run 24k over 7 days in solidarity with Ireland’s 500,000 family carers and in recognition of the 24/7 nature of many caring roles.
A hardship fund established in 2020 at the height of the pandemic to help family carers in crisis has run out of money due to the demands for help from those struggling mentally, physically, and financially. All monies raised by ‘Paws for a Cause’ will go directly to help family carers in crisis.
Jake Carter said “Family carers are our unsung heroes; they need our support, and I am appealing to everyone to get behind this great cause. Whether you have a dog or not, get out for a walk during National Carers Week and register at www.familycarers.ie.”
Catherine Cox, Head of Communications and Policy, Family Carers Ireland welcomed Jake’s support saying “The last twelve months have been incredibly difficult for all but, in particular for family carers who saw services and supports for their loved ones depleted and, in many cases, eradicated. We are delighted to have Jake and Lenny’s support and we hope this inspires and encourages others to sign up and get walking for this wonderful cause.”
“National Carers Week runs from 7 – 13th June and is a time to celebrate family carers in our community by acknowledging their significant contribution providing support to loved ones who requires care. This National Carers Week is perhaps the most important one so far as it gives us the opportunity to shine a light on what family carers do, and to celebrate the life changing impact they have on the lives of so many.”
Throughout National Carers Week, Family Carers Ireland will be hosting a series of online events to support the health and wellbeing of family carers. The events include bingo, yoga, Zumba, virtual coffee sessions and a quiz night, along with information sessions and much much more. Full details are available on www.familycarers.ie.
Register for the event at www.familycarers.ie. Registration is just €20. No dog? No problem! Join in anyway.
Family Carers Ireland is the national charity supporting the 500,000 family carers across the country who care for loved ones such as children or adults with physical or intellectual disabilities, frail older people, those with palliative care needs or those living with chronic illnesses, mental ill-health or addiction.
It provides a range of services and supports for family carers through its Carer Support Centres nationwide and through its National Freephone Careline 1800 24 07 24.
Family Carers Ireland is delighted to have partnered with the team at www.buy4petsonline.ie for its Paws for a Cause fundraiser. Buy4Pets Online is proud to be 100% Irish-owned and locally operated. The sister-brand of the popular bricks and mortar pet store, Pet Stop Discount Warehouse, with shop locations across the west of Ireland, you can now buy all you need on their shiny new website with nationwide delivery.