Woodie's Heroes Fundraiser Raises €139,000 For AADI!

03 Oct 2023

The 9th annual Woodie’s Heroes fundraiser has raised a staggering total of €556,000, the highest amount yet!

We are delighted to share with you that the 2023 Woodie's Heroes fundraising campaign has raised an incredible €556,000 for four Irish charities. Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland, along with ISPCC Childline, Down Syndrome Ireland  and Make-A-Wish Ireland, are the four benefiting charities who will each receive €139,000 to help support their valued work across Ireland. 

Established in 2015, Woodie's Heroes has now raised over €3.6 million for Irish children’s charities with the continued help and support from Woodie's colleagues, customers and suppliers.  Each year, the charities are chosen by Woodie's colleagues through a vote and 100% of donations go directly to the chosen charities.

Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland (AADI) receives over 300 yearly applicants but can only fulfill approximately thirty requests. It costs €25,000 to train and support one dog throughout their lifetime. The funds raised through Woodie’s Heroes campaign will enable AADI to expand our puppy programme and change the lives of more children who need the support of an assistance dog.

We are hugely grateful to everyone who played a part in this campaign. This includes our incredible volunteers who made their way to Woodie’s stores across Ireland, and all those who made a donation. A special note of appreciation goes to Daniel and his assistance dog Piper, who served as exceptional ambassadors for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland in this year’s Heroes campaign. Your contributions have made a huge difference!

Thanking the unwavering support from Woodie's customers, suppliers and colleagues, Woodie's CEO, Damien Dwyer said: 

"This year, our ninth annual Woodie's Heroes campaign for children's charities, has been nothing short of extraordinary! Thanks to the incredible generosity of our customers, our suppliers and the unending enthusiasm of our colleagues, we've reached new heights in 2023, raising a remarkable €556,000 during four weeks of fundraising this summer. The money raised will make an impactful difference to our chosen charities with a donation of €139,000 going to each ISPCC Childline, Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland, Down Syndrome Ireland, and Make-A-Wish Ireland. Our cumulative total now stands at €3.6 million raised for Irish children's charities since 2015. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone for their unwavering support and generosity."

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