Imagine for a second what it would be like to be a youth who desperately wants to attend Dublin Pride, but either funds or distance from Dublin makes the trek seemingly impossible.
The currently active digital fundraiser, #GiveTheGiftofPride from the organisation Youth Work Ireland is addressing this problem for rural LGBT+ youth by providing transportation to the event on June 29. This service, now in its fourth year, is getting bigger and bigger as more young people want to come and experience Pride.
Already over 300 members from 16 different LGBTI+ groups around Ireland have registered to attend the Pride Breakfast event in Youth Work Ireland’s national office the morning of Dublin Pride parade
The Pride breakfast event includes food, fun, face painting and chats. After the breakfast, young people from the organisations will be marching in Pride under the banner ‘Transforming Young LGBTI+ Lives.’
All funds raised through the #GiveTheGiftofPride campaign will go directly to supporting these young people in making the journey to Dublin.
According to the fundraiser’s website, 30 Euro will provide a potentially life-changing trip to pride for a young person. Donations of any size are encouraged.
The campaign provides a truly unique opportunity to directly affect the lives of LGBT+ youth in a meaningful way.
Your donation will give young people the opportunity to be part of the PRIDE event on June 29th. Can’t help right now, but want to support young people to experience Pride? Share this page and support! https://t.co/AACiAXEkrj#givethegiftofpride pic.twitter.com/anCuyJ1lwy
— Youth Work Ireland (@ywirl) May 30, 2019
Youth Work Ireland boasts over 340 youth clubs and works with over 116,000 young people.
Their clubs, projects and youth groups provide young LGBT+ people with a safe space where they can hang out with their peers in a safe environment, where they can meet, relax, talk, listen to music, and participate in games and organised social and educational activities, supported by trained and professional youth practitioners. They have also been lobbying for the introduction of inclusive sexual health education for the past two years.
To help young, isolated LGBT+ people attend Pride, give the gift of Pride here.
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