95 Stop Tour Race

CARI depends on continuing public support to ensure that our vital work with children and families can continue and grow. A main therapy centre like those in Limerick and Dublin can cost up to €300,000 per annum, the majority of which must come from sources outside CARI. 

CARI’s fundraising teams would like to say a big thank you to all who contribute in whatever way to supporting our events and appeals.



Miriam Ahern hosted the CARI Summer Lunch in Cruzzos Restaurant, Malahide on the 13th May 2011. The afternoon began with a champagne reception sponsored by Gilbert & Wright of Malahide, followed by a wonderful Fashion Show. Guests enjoyed a gourmet Lunch followed by live entertainment by ‘On the Edge’. The charismatic Alan Hughes from TV3 was the MC for the afternoon.


On Friday 20th May 2011, the Cornstore Restaurant. Limerick, hosted a Summer Style Luncheon in aid of CARI. This was a fantastic event and very successful. After a fabulous day an after-party took place in Aubars from 6pm, with live  jazz entertainment and complimentary cocktails on arrival. Again, a very successful event and CARI is very grateful
for your ongoing support.


Our Annual Ball took place on Saturday November 19th at The Shelbourne Hotel hosted by patron Miriam Ahern. The evening commenced with a champagne reception kindly
sponsored by M&S and entertained by the Halleluia Gospel Choir, after which guests enjoyed a four-course meal with delectable wines. Alan Hughes was the MC for the evening. In line with the Supper Club theme on the nigh guests were entertained by Frankly Sinatra with dancing until the early hours of the morning. Welcome to new committee member Roz Flanagan and thanks as ever to the remarkable Tara O’Connor.


On the 14th November 2011, the total raised by Live 95FM's  Living in a Window  for  Limerick  Kidz breached the €50,000 mark which was divided between the
Children’s Ark and CARI Limerick. Donations poured in over the week as the people of Limerick responded to the call to support the Children's Ark and CARI Limerick. Live 95FM's JP Dillon spent 95 hours living in the window of Brown Thomas while members of the public organised their own fundraising events to contribute to the overall total.


Have supported us continually since 2008 and who have chosen us as their Charity of the Year for a fourth year in 2012. We not only benefited from their Christmas concert, attended by the Lord
Mayor, this year they also appeared at our Ball wowing the attendees whom they escorted to their tables with wonderful tunes.


Another great day, Monday 6th June 2011, for CARI with teams of women turning out to run, jog or walk in aid of CARI. Ciara O’Callaghan, aka Yvonne Doyle, from Fair City again was the face of CARI for this event. A huge thank you goes to her, to all our participants and to The Duke Bar in Duke Street for their on-going support over the last six years in hosting our meet and greet.


On Sunday 16th October 2011 our participants ran, walked or in some cases jogged to the finish line on behalf of CARI. This year we particularly want to thank our repeat participants who raised much needed funds on behalf of CARI. A big thank you goes to all who took part on our behalf.


On Sunday May 1st 2011 once again was filled with runners, joggers and walkers from far and wide. Limerick was the designated European City of Sport in 2011. The 3 races included a fully certified marathon, a half marathon and a 6 miler. A huge thank you to those who participated on behalf of CARI.


D&B (NYSE:DNB) is the world's leading source of commercial information and insight on businesses, enabling companies to Decide with Confidence for 170 years. In December 2010 D&B ran a customer initiative and donated money to CARI in early 2011 for each questionnaire that had been completed. A cheque for  €3,846 was presented to CARI in March 2011 by Chris Laws of D&B.


The Irish Games Association as part of their ongoing commitment to charitable giving, a core element of their activities, once again made a donation to CARI. Special thanks to all their members.


On the 26th June 2011 JLS took to the stage in Thomond Park and wowed crowds of all ages. CARI would like to thank both Pat O’Sullivan from Masterchef and John Cantwell of Thomond Park
who allowed CARI staff and volunteers to fundraise within the grounds on the day.


In 2011 June Byrne ran a holistic and craft fair in aid of CARI in Co. Cork. This was June’s second year running to donate this money to CARI with another fair already organized for 2012. The event was widely advertised on local radio and in newspapers which helped immensely with creating awareness of CARI.


A great big thank you goes out to Andy, Len and Tony for the Motor Bike Run that they held for the second year running and raised much needed funds for our Limerick centre.


Thank you to Tom Cooney and his Business Classes of 2011, some of whom once again organised various events in aid of CARI. The students undertook to organise events from scratch with a little help from CARI staff, learning valuable skills in marketing and PR and raised much needed funds for CARI on the way.


On Friday 9th September 2011 a charity Exhibition match took place, featuring John Pat in Slattery’s Bar, Kildimo. The event was held to raise funds for CARI’s Limerick therapy services. Thank you to all who attended.


On Thursday 13th October 2011 the Castletroy Lion’s Club presented a Variety Concert in Milford Parish Church in aid of CARI and Milford Church Fund. A fabulous evening was had by all and it
helped raised much needed funds for CARI.


Thank you to Patricia Keane and her committee for nominating CARI once again as the recipients of Watersports day which was held on Sunday August 14th. It was a great family day out – activities included scubadiving, kayaking, boat and pony rides and a host of other exciting events.


We placed 90 Easter Baskets in hotels, bars, shopping centres and post offices throughout Dublin and Limerick. A big thank you to all who participated in this Annual event.


The CARI Charity Pantomime night was held on the 21st December 2011 in the Tivoli Theatre. ‘Sleeping Beauty’ written by Karl Broderick was a complete sell-out for CARI. Alan Hughes, who returned to the stage in the role of Sammy Sausage, was delighted to meet all our supporters on the night. This event will now be an annual event and CARI is especially pleased to have a children’s activity in its events calendar


Members of both these clubs sang and performed for CARI in Omni Shopping Centre in December 2011. These clubs have nominated CARI as their chosen charity for 2012/13


In late 2011 Mr. Paul Campbell of Rush approached CARI with regards to opening a charity shop within the region. The shop has been run, very successfully, since then and CARI receives a fee and share of profits.


Our EUROSPAR Charity of the Year partnership ended in April 2011; they raised the remarkable sum of €120,000 euros.  CARI is now urgently seeking a new partner.

CARI thank our current and past sponsors for their generous support.

Find a home for one of our CARI Charity Collection boxes

CARI is entirely dependent upon the generosity and goodwill of companies and individuals to help finance our organisation. Our CARI Charity Collection Boxes depends on continuing public support to ensure that our vital work with children and families can continue to grow.

If you know of any premises in your locality that might be prepared to take one of our boxes please contact julie@cari.ie or phone 01-8308529



3RD JUNE 2018

The Cork City Marathon 2018 is now even more inclusive than before. Alongside the main marathon and team relay, there is now an official half marathon and a youth team relay.






Full marathon 26.4 miles
Half marathon 12.5 miles

For details of entry fees please see www.corkcitymarathon.ie  

If you are interested in participating in this event to raise funds for CARI please contact the fundraising team in Limerick on 061 582200 or email: fundraising.limerick@cari.ie

By remembering CARI in your will you can provide a lasting gift to the children and teenagers of Ireland. When we receive a gift we ensure that the wishes of the deceased are carried out with care and respect. Gifts in your will to a charity for charitable purposes are not subject to tax.

There are three of charitable legacies.

  • Pecuniary is a gift of a specific amount of money.
  • Residuary is a share of the rest of your asset that you have not already committed.
  • Specific is a gift of a specific asset.

If you already have made a will and wish to include a gift to the CARI Foundation you can simply add a codicil (addition) this can be easily done by your solicitor.

If you have not yet prepared a will, simply contact your solicitor or ask family and friends to refer you to one. Making a will is easy and inexpensive.

We at CARI are extremely grateful for any amount we receive and can guarantee your gift will help children for years to come.

For more information please contact:

Patricia Townsend on 01 8308529

Email our CEO Mary Flaherty maryflaherty@cari.ie

On May 6th 2018 the streets of Limerick City will come alive and be filled once again with runners, joggers and walkers from far and wide. CARI are appealing to you to take part on our behalf. This event has something for everyone! These include a fully certified marathon, a half marathon, a 6 Mile Run/Walk and Relay Marathon.

Registration Details

To register for the run log onto www.greatlimerickrun.com

If you are interested in participating in the Great Limerick Run 2018 on behalf of CARI please contact the fundraising team in Limerick on 061 582200 or email fundraising.limerick@cari.ie or fundraising@cari.ie


Why not present your guests with a really thoughtful gift by making a donation to CARI on theiur behalf.

A doantion to CARI on your wedding day will make such a diffeence to the lives of the children and families we work with.

You will receive personalised cards for all the tables at your wedding reception.

If you would like to donate your wedding favours to CARI please contact the Fundraising Department on:

Tel: 01 8308529
Email: fundraising@cari.ie or fundraising.limerick@cari.ie



Nominate CARI as your chosen charity in 2018. CARI are facing, like most firms, their most difficult financial year. I am appealing to you to support our work with Ireland's most vulnerable children and to come to our aid, which we need now more than ever.

Show Your Support To Protect Our Children
Right now we can only reach a minority of the people who need our help most. With your demonstrable support, you can help us reach them all! Our life-changing work helping people affected by child sexual abuse is only possible thanks to people like you continuing their support.

Help Make A Positive Difference. Support CARI.

Take Positive Action!
Our life-changing work wouldn't be possible without you!

Once off donations can be made online by credit or laser card by using our Donate Button found on the top of each page which will take you through a few easy steps to donate online or by calling our Fundraising Department on 01 8308529 or email fundraising@cari.ie

Make a direct lodgement to our bank account:

Bank Details

Allied Irish Bank
140 Lower Drumcondra Road
Dublin 9

A/C Number: 03401028
Sort Code: 932108
IBAN No:  IE86 AIBK 9321 0803 4010 28

Giving monthly is a simple and impactful way to make a difference every week or month and helps us to continue with our services.  (Were you aware that if you are a PAYE worker and donate €7 a week or €21 a month CARI can get more from your donation at no extra cost to you) download a standing order form here.




This is the 39th year of the Dublin Marathon, which runs through the historic Georgian streets of Dublin, and takes place on 28th October 2018

Challenge yourself for Children!


Register Today

To register for the marathon log onto http://sseairtricitydublinmarathon.ie/




Why Not Run Your Own Event in Aid of CARI?

We will be only too happy to provide information, advice and support if you would like to organise an event at your work, school, community or amongst your family and friends.

The prospect of running an event can be panic inducing but our fundraising experts will put you in pole position! 

For more information on running your own event please phone us on 01 8308529 or email fundraising@cari.ie

Contact us with details of your fundraising activity and we would be delighted to send you everything you need; CARI t-shirts, sponsorship cards, marketing material, etc.

Fundraising Made Easy
Everyday Hero  and Just Giving enables you to create your own bespoke fundraising page for any event and raise money for charity in an easy, safe and very secure way. 

What sort of fundraising page would you like to create?

To organise your own events please see some of the following suggestions

A - Z Fundraising Ideas

CARI is fully committed to achieving the standards contained within the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising. The statement was developed by the ICTR group and exists to provide charities in Ireland with a Fundraising Code of Practice.

The purpose of the statement is to:

  • Improve fundraising practice
  • Promote high levels of accountability and transparency by organisations fundraising from the public
  • Provide clarity and assurances to donors and prospective donors about the organisations they support

For more information, please see our links below:

What's CARI’s Good Friday Appeal About?

The Good Friday Appeal is CARI’s annual and national, signature fundraising event. Good Friday falls on 3rd April 2014 and we are asking people all over the country to host a coffee morning OR an alternative fundraising event that week (March 30th - April 3rd) or on the day itself. Donations on the day are made to CARI. We are hoping to make this a really Good Friday for children whose lives have been darkened by Child Sexual Abuse.

How Did It Start?

CARI's first Good Friday Appeal Coffee Morning was hosted in 2012 by Dublin Wives reality star Roz Flanagan. A long-time supporter and friend of CARI, Roz held a coffee morning where people got together but donated the cost of their coffee to CARI as well. The event was so successful it was advised the model be implemented annually. This year, we want to raise even more money to help change the lives of people affected by child sexual abuse.

Since then, we have had a number of requests to launch the appeal nationwide. In 2013, individuals, businesses, clubs, schools and towns throughout the country conducted activities to raise money for Children At Risk in Ireland.

We plan to be bigger and better for 2014!  We hope to get as many companies and individuals as possible to host a coffee morning on Good Friday or during Easter week. We are happy to provide event support packs, information and advice.

Why Be A Part Of It?

CARI needs your help. CARI is dependent on State funding from the HSE and other statutory agencies and on voluntary contributions raised through community and corporate fundraising. CARI depends on voluntary contributions to maintain and grow its services for children affected by child sexual abuse. Your energy, time and fundraising is invaluable to us.

The HSE receives 3,385 new cases of child sexual abuse every year* HSE Stats 2013

Get Together & Change Lives Forever!

Hosting a coffee morning is great fun! Invite your nearest and dearest around for a jolt of Java, cake and chat.  The sense of achievement once it is over and you have a count up to see what you have raised for children at risk is amazing! Moreover, the realization you have made a positive difference in the lives of vulnerable children is second to none!

Getting Involved

We urgently need to raise funds for the vital services here at Children At Risk in Ireland. If you can spare a few hours to help us, it would be much appreciated!

Sign Up To Host A Coffee Morning
You can sign up to host a coffee morning. Or if you know someone who you think would make a great coffee morning host, get them to sign up!

Host An Alternative Fundraising Event OR Make A Donation
If you cannot host a coffee morning but would like to help CARI’s efforts to support Ireland’s most vulnerable children then host an alternative fundraising event that week (March 30th - April 3rd) OR  log on to www.cari.ie and hit DONATE


CARI will provide event advice and support packs filled with coffee and tea to help you organise your morning!

You can sign up in the following ways:

How CARI Helps

For 25 years, CARI has been helping children and their families who have been affected by child sexual abuse.  Through intensive, specialised therapy and counselling, we have provided practical support and importantly, hope, trust and confidence for a fulfilling future. 

Money raised from The Good Friday Appeal is essential to CARI to maintain its level of service.

Your Help Will Make A Positive Difference. Support CARI.

We hope you’ll get together with friends, family and colleagues on Good Friday April 3rd 2014 and help CARI raise much needed funds to support Ireland’s most vulnerable children.

Challenge Yourself for Children!

Make a difference to a child’s life by joining the CARI team at this year’s Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon on Sunday the 3rd of June.

Improve your fitness levels and help to promote the health and well-being of children who have been affected by CSA. Join us at this years mini marathon and fundraise for CARI. Take positive action!

For your mini-marathon pack please contact the fundraising team on 01 8308529 or email aileenennis@cari.ie

Take part and share the facebook eventhttps://www.facebook.com/events/1803645183261605/


Race Information
Date/Time:                         Bank Holiday Sunday, 3rd June 2018 at 2.00pm

Distance:                             10KM

Start Line:                           Fitzwilliam Street Upper, Dublin 2

Finish Line:                         Baggot Street Upper, Dublin 2

Entry Process:                   All participants must enter either on the official Entry Form which will appear in The Herald every Wednesday and Saturday from 14th March 2018 or online at www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie.

Entry Opening Date:      7th March 2018

Entry Closing Date:         Mid May 2018 or when maximum number of entries is reached.

Fee:                                   €23

Qualification Times and age requirements:

Elite Runner:         Under 45 minutes for 10K.   Minimum age 18 years.

Runner:                  Under 60 minutes for 10K.   Minimum age 18 years.

Fast jogger:           Under 75 minutes for 10K (or under 30 mins for 5K.)   Minimum age 14 years.

Jogger:                   Under 100 minutes for 10K (or under 40 mins for 5K.)   Minimum age 14 years.

Walker:                    Open to all - no qualification time required. Minimum age 14 years.


For Safety reasons, we have different Categories each with their own Starting Area. You can only enter the category for which you have achieved the qualifying time in the past two years. However, if, after you have submitted your Entry, you achieve a faster qualifying time in an official race, you can be upgraded on receipt of your race results before April 27th.

Please Note
The number of entries is strictly limited.  To avoid disappointment, enter early as any entries received after closing date or when maximum number has been reached (whichever is earlier), will not be processed. Once an entry is complete no refunds are allowed.

This Event is strictly for FEMALES ONLY



“Coming to CARI has changed my life”

Spring into Action for Children

Thanks to your generosity and continued support this past year, we have taken 50 children off our waiting
list. We have also provided 2200 therapy hours, 60 Training Hours, taken 1000 Helpline calls and 200 Children
have been supported by CASS our Child Court Accompaniment Support Service.

Join our Spring into Action for Children Campaign! Have you ever considered hosting a Coffee Morning for CARI with friends? Perhaps a Bake Sale in your local community? Could you take a small CARI Charity Collection Box for the counter in your workplace?

Challenge Yourself for Children!

Are you or your family or friends running or partaking in any sporting event this year? Fundraising is a great way to keep motivated during training and also a positive way of spreading awareness about causes that you care about.

With your help we have transformed children’s lives but there’s still work to be done. From as little as €10 you can help make a difference in the life of a child in CARI.


#SpringIntoAction for Children

€10 will provide art materials for a child to express
themselves through art therapy.

€30 will buy a therapeutic toy/game for a child for their
use in child therapy.

€60 will provide a patient carer who is in need of immediate
and urgent assistance in dealing with a situation of child
abuse with a one-to-one advice appointment or crisis

€100 will give 3 hours of support for a child in court with
our Child Accompaniment Support Officer.

€250 will provide two hours of therapy for a child who has
experienced CSA and simultaneously two hours of support
for a parent/carer.

Together we have helped children to grow into adulthood defined not by their abusive experiences
but by their individuality and creativity. How many more children can you shine a light for?


  Christmas has arrived in CARI
Please support our CARI Christmas Appeal by taking one of our Luxury Christmas Hampers to raffle amongst your staff colleagues and friends. Our CARI Christmas cards are also available packs of 12 cards for €5 For further information please contact aileenennis@cari.ie or phone 01-8308529.