KILDARE’S principal refuge for the last 20 years – Teach Tearmainn – is appealing for donations this Friday (23 April) on what is designated as ‘Go Purple Day’, the national day of fundraising and awareness for domestic violence services.
“All funds raised in County Kildare will go directly to your local service which is Teach Tearmainn,” said Lorraine Rowan, CEO of the refuge.
“People, businesses and schools are being encouraged to wear purple, bake purple, grow purple, paint purple, whatever they like to show their support and fundraise for their local domestic violence service,” said Ms Rowan.
“Given the times we are living through, it’s easy to Go Purple remotely with friends and family,” she said.
The refuge got a lifeline in February when a €190,000 grant from TUSLA secured its continued operation for 2021.
Presently, Teach Tearmann operates with a staff of 18 from an annual budget of €305,000, and hoped for something in the region of €500,000 to operate in the planned expanded fashion.
The refuge opened in 1999 in a less purpose built unit in Newbridge, before moving to its present location in 2014.
To donate, all you have to do is go to www.teachtearmainn.ie to make a donation or visit www.idonate.ie/teachtearmainn to create your own fundraising page for your school or organisation to raise vital funds for the charity.
The dedicated day was initiated by members of An Garda Síochána in County Meath originally, and it has now grown into a wider national day of awareness in partnership with Safe Ireland, the national agency working to create safety for women and children, and Men’s Aid.
Teach Tearmainn is one of the 39 frontline service members of Safe Ireland across the country, and it
Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, there has been a significant increase in the numbers looking for support from a domestic violence service, with more than 2,000 women and over 500 children receiving support from a domestic violence service each month from March to December 2020, according to Safe Ireland’s Tracking the Shadow Pandemic Report.
In that same time, over 57,000 helpline calls were answered nationally.
An Garda Síochána has prioritised support for survivors of domestic and sexual violence with Operation Faoiseamh throughout Covid-19 and Teach Tearmainn has welcomed the force’s continued focus on this issue.
“For over a year now, we have all been working under enormous pressure to respond to those fleeing domestic abuse,” said Lorraine Rowan.
“In Ireland, and across the globe, incidences of domestic and sexual violence have risen significantly since the start of the pandemic and the ensuing lockdowns. We are very clear that Covid-19 does not cause domestic and sexual violence, it has exposed it.”
“But, this epidemic has also exposed an outpouring of communal empathy for those living with control and abuse in their homes that we have perhaps not seen before,” she continued.
“We hope that this Go Purple Day will give people another easy, fun way to continue to support our work in keeping women and children safe here in County Kildare,” she concluded.
For more information and for ideas on what you can do to Go Purple contact:
Anne Doyle, Administrator at Teach Tearmainn on [email protected] or call 045-535178.