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Fundraising Events

There are regular events taking place around Ireland with an aim of raising vital funds to support Age Action's services.

In 2017, you can take part in a Women's Mini Marathon in June, play a part in Positive Ageing Week in October or join us on a special skydive with Skydive Ireland.

Follow the links below for more information on these fundraising events: 

Organise your own event

We would love if it you decided to take part in a fundraising event. But you can also hold a fundraiser of your own, such as a tea party, a coffee morning or a cake sale, and donate the proceeds to Age Action!

A good way to fundraise for Age Action is to sign up for everydayhero and nominate Age Action as your chosen charity.

If you have an idea for a fundraising event, would like to participate or help out with any of our fundraising events please call the fundraising office at 01-4756989.  

Church-gate collections

Church-gate collections are one of Age Action's most popular fundraisers and we organise collections at churches in various parts of the country on an ongoing basis.

We're always looking for volunteers to help out and if you have a couple of hours to spend on a Sunday morning you can help make a real difference.

If you'd like to know more, or you'd like to register your interest, you can contact us on fundraising@ageaction.ie or, for people in Munster, fundraisingcork@ageaction.ie.

Other ways you can help

Of course we understand that not everyone can run a marathon, but that isn’t the only way you can help.  You can drop into any of our charity shops to pick up some vintage bargains, If you would like to volunteer with our fundraising team please contact Rachel at volunteer@ageaction.ie

If you would like more information on how Age Action help you or a loved one, visit our How We Can Help pages here or call 01–4756989.

Contact the Fundraising team

For more information on our fundraising activities please contact our Fundraising team by post, phone, fax or email.

Age Action
10 Grattan Crescent
Dublin 8
Tel: 01 4756989
Fax: 01 4756011
Email: fundraising@ageaction.ie

Age Action South
Unit 14 Melbourne Business Park
Model Farm Road
Cork
Tel: 021 2067399
Email: fundraisingcork@ageaction.ie

Tax Relief on Donations

Are you interested in donating more than €250 in one calendar year? If so, you are eligible to tax relief on that donation.

Age Based Analysis of Mortgage Arrears Released for First Time

We welcome the publication, by the Irish Times, of data released for the first time by the Central Bank of Ireland that shows the number of people approaching, or already at retirement age, who are dealing wtih significant mortgage debt. The information gives a clearer picture of the worrying situation for Ireland’s ageing population. Simply, a lack of evidence exists on the cost of ageing with less complete data collected about us the older we become. As a result, crucial policy decisions are made without the availability of disaggregated and representative data which can result in discriminatory outcomes. We need an urgent rethinking of how we gather evidence and inform policy that meets the needs of a changing Ireland.

While there has been an assumption that older people close to, and in receipt of, the State pension are generally mortgage-free home owners, it is clear that this is no longer true with many still carrying large mortgages, in mortgage arrears or living in precarious private rentals with no security of tenure in older age. We should all have a choice to age in place which means the creation of age friendly environments, including the provision of support services locally, which enable people to remain in their own homes and in communities for longer; but the changing nature of homeownership, rising cost of living, and the lack of a coordinated policy response to the housing crisis means many people will be facing a very difficult situation in later life. 

Many older people live in the most vulnerable situations in our society. An increasing number are struggling to meet the rising cost of living – in particular costs around rent and mortgages - in the context of a State pension that sees many surviving on incomes only just above the poverty line. Latest CSO EU SILC figures show 1 in 10 older people at risk of poverty. New taxes, and rising prices in recent years have a greater impact on older people generally living on a fixed income with limited opportunities to improve their situation. Budget 2020 saw the income of older person headed households increase by €1.08 per week for those living with another person, and by €6.08 per week for those living alone in older age. It did not offer the majority of older people the support needed to meet the increasing costs of living and it did not offer a concrete plan to support us to age in place.

Ageist attitudes towards working later in life still exist, for example many older people have reported high levels of discrimination during recruitment. Discriminatory mandatory retirement clauses are still in place forcing people out of the workforce earlier than they may wish. These two things undermine people’s ability to continue working in later life whether by choice or necessity. In the context of a buoyant labour market, we urgently need a fundamental shift in how we view and support older workers.

An increasing number of older people are experiencing fear about retirement due to worries about income adequacy. Less than half of those working have a private or occupational pension to support them in later life. While Age Action welcomes the publication of the recent autoenrolment scheme by the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection which will see increased pension coverage for more than an estimated half a million workers, the current design will further drive existing pension inequalities unless there is a targeted intervention to include people in low paid jobs, particularly women and long term unemployed.

Our economy has been built on the backs of those already in, and approaching, older age: these are the same women and men who lived through the Marriage Bar, shouldered several recessions and are now dealing with the accumulated disadvantages. Successive government policies have failed to adequately plan and provide for an ageing population which will ultimately impact on all of us throughout our lives.