ONE will launch its annual Fuchsia Appeal at Cork’s City Hall on 2nd Sept 2022
Minister for Defence Simon Coveney TD and Defence Forces Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Sean Clancy will launch the Fuchsia Appeal which is designed to assist veterans of the Defence Forces, who are homeless or have fallen on difficult times.
The Fuchsia flower was chosen as the fundraising emblem of the ONE as it is grown throughout Ireland, and is commonly known as Deora Dé or God’s Tears in the West of Ireland. When seen while overseas the Fuchsia is a reminder of home. It was first used in the inaugural Fuchsia Appeal launch in 2009.
The annual Fuchsia Appeal is run to raise much-needed funds for the ONE’s charitable objects, namely the provision of homeless accommodation and other assistance to Defence Forces Veterans in need, including counselling and mental health assistance.
The Fuchsia badge is now sold as part of the fundraising initiative and under the emblem is stamped the word ‘Cuimhnímis’ – ‘Remember Those Who Served’ in remembrance of those who have served and to the many who made the ultimate sacrifice with their lives while serving. The Fuchsia emblem is now used as a badge of remembrance and a symbol to honour those currently serving in the Defence Forces.
Speaking ahead of the launch of the 2022 Fuchsia appeal, CEO of ONE Cormac Kirwan said:
“It is a pleasure to announce that this year the ONE Fuchsia Appeal will facilitate launches in locations all around Ireland. ONE’s focus has always been on support, comradeship, advocacy and remembrance, the acronym SCAR, as it reminds us who we are fighting for. Ireland’s veterans didn’t choose to be homeless or forgotten on our streets and every year it is crucial that we raise awareness and much-needed funds. Defence Forces’ veterans present with a range of challenges and ONE is privileged to be in a position where we can offer ex-service men and women specialised care and support.”
This year the Fuchsia Appeal will include several local launches and events across the country over the coming weeks, including in Athlone, Cavan, Clonmel, Cobh, Dublin, Kells, Limerick, Longford, Navan, Meath and Middleton by our dedicated members and volunteers on the streets in their communities.
The Fuchsia Appeal will run until the Defence Forces Coffee Mornings, which will be held in all Defence Forces barracks/posts/ships and in other locations on Friday 30th September 2022.
If you would like to support us we would be very grateful, you can donate here: https://oneconnect.enthuse.com/cf/33c1/fuchsiaappeal
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