Annual GPs Charity Ball aims to raise €100,000 for two charities

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Annual GPs Charity Ball aims to raise €100,000 for two charities
16:00 Tuesday 8th of August 2017

By Kim O'Leary

A funding target of €100,000 has been announced for the National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP) annual gala charity ball. The event will take place on the 17 November 2017 in the RDS, Dublin.

Hosted by Mr Ivan Yates and Dr Ciara Kelly, all proceeds will benefit the work of Aware and ISPCC Childline. GPs from across Ireland will support the event and enjoy entertainment from the Foxtales and, 10-piece band, Brass & Co. Tickets cost €150 and are available from where the public can also make a donation.

The National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP) is Ireland’s largest representative organisation for GPs. The NAGP is committed to best practice within the primary care sector and strives to promote and protect the high standards already in place.

Dr. Andrew Jordan, NAGP Chairman, said: “GPs encounter adults and children in distress on a daily basis. Aware and ISPCC Childline are essential services to support these patients. On behalf of the NAGP, I am delighted to support the work of these great charities through our annual charity ball. What promises to be a fantastic event will also greatly benefit our patients.”

Mr. Drew Flood, Business Development Executive, Aware, said, “Aware is delighted to be one of the beneficiaries of this year’s NAGP Ball. This is a great opportunity to raise much needed funds to continue our many free services, providing support, education and information and ultimately giving hope to people with depression and bi-polar disorder. I would like to thank the NAGP for giving us this opportunity to highlight our services and raise funds”.

Ms. Ger Dillon, Fundraising Team, ISPCC Childline, said: “ISPCC Childline receives over 1,000 calls, texts and online contacts from children all over Ireland, every day. Our 24-hour listening service is the only one of its kind, and children call us for all kinds of reasons such as everyday concerns, loneliness, family issues, bereavement, illness, bullying, or being at risk - whatever the reason, we are always there to listen to them.”

She said: “We are very grateful for the support of the NAGP - GPs perform a vital service in our communities and are often to the fore in supporting children through difficult times. Childline is there for children all day, every day, and the donations we receive from the NAGP Charity Ball will be part of every text, call and online contact that we answer.”

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