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It’s nearly that time again

IQFA* Festive FUNdraiser! Save the date!
Friends, it’s time to put the IQFA Festive FUNdraiser in your diary!

This year’s sale will take place in Rathfarnham Meeting House on Saturday 2nd December from 12 noon to 3 pm. We hope it will be as well supported as last year’s!

Once again, we hope to have a big focus on arts and crafts, home-baked goodies, books and children’s activities … and, of course, there’ll be the ever popular café!

Please save the date and start thinking about what you can do to help make the event a successful FUNdraiser for Irish Quaker Faith in Action.

Thank you to those of you who have already started making crafts, jams etc!

See you there!

At its meeting held on 10 June 2023, the IQFA committee agreed to fund the following projects:

Sadaka – The Ireland Palestine Alliance
Jireh Education Centre, Uganda
Deir Mar Musa Al-Habashi Community, Syria
Baraka Self Help Group, Kenya
Support for Afghan Further Education

At its meeting held on 25 March 2023, the IQFA committee agreed to fund the following projects:

Peace Works Zimbabwe.(PWZ)
Yesu Mulungi Christian Fellowship Church Uganda.
Friends Church of Kwibuka Yearly Meeting, Burundi.
Palestine Trauma Centre-UK in Gaza.
Palestine Ethar Association for Community Development, Gaza

IQFA Response to Earthquake in
Turkey and Syria

On February 6, 2023, multiple earthquakes devastated southern Turkey and northern Syria, resulting in thousands of deaths and injuries, as well as widespread destruction of buildings and infrastructure. 

Although IQFA is not intended to be a charity that provides emergency relief, the IQFA Committee decided that we were willing to make an exception in this case.

IQFA has donated €3000 toward earthquake relief to EACH of the following :
Christian Aid (https://www.christianaid.ie )
The Irish Red Cross (https://www.redcross.ie)
UNICEF (https://www.unicef.ie )
All of which are actively working in both Turkey and Syria.

AFTER MEETING COLLECTIONS IQFA committee are willing to provide speakers to meetings who wish to hold a collection for IQFA. Just drop us an email and give us a couple of weeks’ notice and we will arrange it.
Please contact iqfacon@admin

Your old Christmas cards can help raise funds for IQFA!

Friends are asked to please save the front cover of your Christmas cards so that they can be made into new cards in aid of Irish Quaker Faith in Action (IQFA), which can be sold next December!
Please pass on your cards (only the front of the cards is needed) to any of the following:
Declan Barry, Churchtown Meeting
Shirley Douglas, Monkstown Meeting
Fiona Murdoch, Rathfarnham Meeting
Siobhán Walshe, Eustace Street Meeting
Colm Webster, Edenderry Meeting
or any of the IQFA committee members


Many thanks in advance and thank you again to everyone who supported the IQFA Festive FUNdraiser in December.

The total has reached €5,534! To find out more about IQFA and the variety of projects it supports, check out the IQFA website >> https://www.iqfa.net/

Christmas Bazaar in aid of IQFA,

Many thanks to the students of Newtown Junior School Waterford who held a Christmas Bazaar in aid of IQFA, Please see the details below.

Newtown Junior School in Waterford held a Christmas Craft Market in school on Monday 12th December. Each class made a variety of decorations along with some tasty festive treats. The market was set up and run by Ms. Macdougald’s 3rd and 4th class pupils. Family and friends had a very jolly holly afternoon at the bazaar! Thanks to everyone’s generosity, the market raised an amazing €1,405 all of which will be donated to Irish Quaker Faith in Action.
A selection of the items sold on Monday feature in the photos below.
Thank you to all our pupils, families, Friends, and staff who supported us.

IQFA NEWSLETTER 2022

IQFA FUNraiser Fotos 2022

IQFA FUNdraiser

Many thanks to all who supported the IQFA FUNdraiser. Thanks to the people who contributed items for sale
From bicycles to Brussel sprouts, magicians and musicians, Baloon imps and soupmakers, setter ups and setter downs and many more besides, all contributed to a wonderful FUNDraising event which made over 5K. for IQFA to distribute to those less fortunate than ourselves

Irish Quaker Faith in Action Appeal 2022
Established by Ireland Yearly Meeting on behalf of all Friends in Ireland

Ireland Yearly Meeting has appointed a committee of about 15 Friends drawn from all parts of the country to further the charitable concerns of IYM. We do this, both at home and abroad. We meet regularly according to the practice of Friends and believe that we are guided by the Holy Spirit in furthering God’s Kingdom here on earth. We follow the teaching of Jesus in caring for our neighbours as much as ourselves.

We concentrate most of our donations on smaller developmental charities, preferably with a connection to Irish Friends (Quakers). We welcome suggestions for groups that would benefit from our help. We do occasionally give funds to larger charities, who can be in the best position to respond to immediate crises. We represent Irish Friends on Christian Aid for example.

We are dependent on the generosity of Irish Quakers and others who provide the funds which we are able to distribute. We do this by fundraising with donations from individuals and meetings, sales such as at Yearly Meeting, and occasional pop-up plant sales after meetings.

We are delighted that the annual Quaker FUNdraising event in Rathfarnham is being revived this December.

Amongst those groups which we have supported over the past few years are-
Quaker Service, Belfast: Ukrainian refugees in Georgia; Care 4 Calais; Schoolchildren in Gaza; Poor Quaker students in Bolivia; Friends of Hlekweni; Christian Aid; FriendlyWater.org projects in drought-stricken areas.

We continue to channel your contributions to help a good number of groups doing wonderful work, often in difficult circumstances.

Our report and accounts go to Yearly Meeting and are included in the IYM minutes.

“We can never do enough, but we should do something”.
Please help, give a little, it will help a lot.

All are welcome to the IQFA Festive FUNdraiser in Rathfarnham Meeting House on 3rd December from 12-3 pm. There will be something for all ages!

We would love your donations and home baking to ensure we raise lots of funds for Irish Quaker Faith in Action.

Here are a few ways you can help:

Bake a cake/biscuits or make some jam or other home-made goodies for the CAKES & HOME PRODUCE stall.

Knit, sew, wood-turn, craft, or donate artwork to the ART & CRAFTS Stall.

Make CHRISTMAS CARDS out of recycled materials.

Declutter and donate some books, CDs or DVDs to the BOOK stall.

Pot up plants for the PLANT Stall Ask your child(ren) to donate a new or good-as-new toy to the TOY stall (and get them baking too).

Help with final preparations on Saturday morning 10-12 Help on a stall or serving lunches.

Help with children’s activities.

Help clear up afterward Saturday 3-5pm.

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