IRFU CHARITABLE TRUST
A serious rugby injury is a frightening prospect for any player and in 1978 the IRFU recognised a need to set up a means to help seriously injured players by establishing the Charitable Trust to assist them in their daily lives and help to restore confidence.
There are currently 30 seriously injured players, all of whom receive help from the Trust and through its very active committee, the Trust maintains regular contact with each injured player and their families.
They help with locomotory expenses, specialised commitment, home alterations, medical expenses, nursing and care costs and over the past number of years the average payment for assistance has amounted to about €220,000 per annum.
The IRFU monitors the Trust's activities through five trustees who ensure that the Trust is administered properly and that all monies raised are distributed in an equitable manner - the day to day affairs of the Trust are managed by a committee appointed by the trustees, Ulster representatives include John Callaghan and Trevor Ringland.
Ulster Rugby has teamed up with children's charity Include Youth for a two-year official charity partnership.
Include Youth supports children and young people throughout Northern Ireland, who are in or leaving care or from disadvantaged communities, to improve their employability, increase their confidence and self-esteem and reach their full potential.
Through the partnership Ulster Rugby will help raise the profile of Include Youth's work and boost income through a range of joint fundraising events. The partnership will also help provide young people with access to a sport they know very little about and connect them into the wider rugby community.
Paddy Mooney, Director at Include Youth, said:
"We are delighted to have been chosen as Ulster Rugby's official charity partner for the next two seasons and look forward to working alongside them to tackle youth unemployment, boost young peoples' confidence and get fans onside.
"This partnership will benefit the children and young people we work with in so many different ways, from supporting us to deliver physical activity programmes to connecting young people to employers, mentors and positive role models in their community.
"Money raised will go towards supporting young people gain qualifications, grow in independence and support us as an organisation to continue delivering a high level of service in a difficult funding climate.
"This is the first time we have entered into an official partnership like this and are so proud that Ulster Rugby has chosen to support Include Youth's work with vulnerable and disadvantaged young people."
John McKibbin, IRFU (Ulster Branch) President, added:
"Include Youth is a brilliant charity that does a great amount of work to support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, equipping them with important life and employability skills.
"I hope that our partnership will help to raise awareness for some of the issues facing young people in today's society, while also attracting much-needed income to help fund some of Include Youth's excellent initiatives. I urge the Ulster Rugby community to get behind our partnership over the next two seasons to help us to make it a successful one."
Ulster Rugby's Charity Committee will also support two additional charity projects each month and the decision on these will be made by an internal committee at the end of each month. We feel this is a positive way for Ulster Rugby to help a further 20 plus charities outside of our official charity partners each season.
In order for a fundraising event to be considered for a donation item, it must comply with the following guidelines:
- All donation requests must be submitted using the online form. The form must be filled out completely in order for the request to be considered
- The request for a donation item must be received six weeks prior to the day it is needed
- Auctions will be supported but not raffles
- An organisation is eligible to receive only one donation item per calendar year
- Ulster Rugby supports the work of charities which provide services within Ulster and employ local expertise in delivering those services.
Please note that only successful applicants will be contacted.