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Aoibhín’s TOP 5 Ways to give back this Winter

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Take 3 for the sea
1: Take 3 for the sea

The community of Kilkee have been taking the lead in the reduction of plastic pollution in costal areas and on a global level its of massive importance with experts predicting that by 2050 plastic will outweigh fish in our ocean. Each person can make a difference and coastal communities are now proposing that by simply picking up 3 pieces of plastic during a visit to the beach, together we can make a difference. It’s the perfect excuse for a walk on the beach to clear the head and make a difference along the way.

Step into the ring
2: Step into the Ring

The Battle for the west is about to go on the look out for new participants for this year’s white collar boxing event. Training takes place in January and February with a fight night at the end. It’s a once in a life time experience for many to step in to the ring, and not only will you be fitter, stronger and meet new people, you will raise money for great causes too. The Battle for the west has supported the construction ASD unit in Spanish point, the amazing work of Slainte an Chlair, Clare Crusaders and Elevate. Who knows you might have a natural ability of a famous fellow Clare man to ‘Float like a butterfly sting like a bee’

Give Blood
3: Give Blood

3:You will never know when you might need it, only 3% of the eligible population in Ireland currently donate while 1 in 4 people will require a blood transfusion. The people who are regular donors are saving the lives of people every day, but they always need more people. Certain bloods are rare and in dire need and you could have the key to save someone’s life by simply dropping into one of their donor locations. Visit their website giveblood.ie (www.giveblood.ie) and check your eligibility, gather more info and look out for the donor evenings or simply drop in to a clinic.

Share a dream foundation
4:Share a dream foundation

4:Grant the dreams of very sick children and dress up as an Elf, Mrs Clause, Mickey & Minnie this festive season. Assisting children on a tour around the Magic of Christmas with their families. Helping them write a letter to Santa, ice buns, v isit Santa etc and add a little sparkle to a child’s Christmas this year. For more info visit volunteerclare.ie( www.volunteerclare.ie)

Run with the Crusaders
5: Run with the Crusaders

The Clare crusaders rely solely on donations to operate their clinic in barefield, and must raise over €250,000 a year to do so. The clinic was founded by a great bunch of local people with Howard Flannery at the helm. The original foundation of the running a marathon is still at the core of what they do and while they have just completed the Dublin marathon, its soon time to start thinking about next year. Why not make it a new years resolution to join them in their crusade to promote health through exercise while raising awareness and funds for the clinic as you go. You don’t need to wait till Dublin next year they participate now in runs nationally and around the world

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