Take action to support children in NI

The grant-making charity, Cash for Kids, is urging the NI public to take action in May and help the thousands of families in Northern Ireland who are living in crisis.

The charity, which is run by Cool FM, Downtown and Downtown Country, is calling on businesses, schools, organizations, community groups and individuals to move 5k every day throughout May.

Backed by Ulster Bank, the campaign is all about activity and movement – with the aim of reaching 5km by any means possible – walking, running, jumping, cycling or even dancing!

100% of funds raised will be reserved for disadvantaged families in our communities, particularly those affected by food and energy poverty, as well as refugees living in Northern Ireland.

The initiative is fully supported by CoolFM, Downtown and Downtown Country.

Downtown Radio breakfast hosts Gary Myles and Glen Pavis say:

“We’re excited for the challenge and can’t wait to get out there and go the extra mile for such a worthy cause.”

“Cash for Kids’ sole mission is to improve the lives of children affected by poverty, disease and neglect, and we hope we can inspire many people to join us in this vital cause.”

Throughout 2021, a record £1.2million was raised by Cash for Kids, which helped almost 21,000 disadvantaged children.

Lauren Baxter, Cash for Kids Charity Manager added:

“The disturbing reality is that 25% of our children live in poverty in NI. This, in addition to two years of Covid disruption, has had a devastating impact on the health of many people.

“However, we continue to be impressed with the generosity of NI’s audience. We want to encourage a ‘step in and get out’ mentality throughout the month of May, not only to support this fantastic cause, but also to help improve mental and physical well-being on all levels. »

As main sponsor of 5K a Day in May, Terry Robb of Ulster Bank said:

“Ulster Bank’s primary purpose is to support people and communities and enable them to thrive. That’s why we’re excited to work with Cash for Kids and their efforts to reduce food and energy poverty across the country. We hope everyone will support the campaign and make May an action-packed and worthwhile fundraising month for this great cause.

To support the Cash for Kids ‘5k a Day in May’ campaign, sign up or donate via CoolFM.co.UK/CFKday.