The Parade needs your Support
Each year, our Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee organises a Parade to mark our National Day of Celebration. To date, we have successfully organised seven Parades. This year, we continue this tradition with an eight one. It was our intention to make and big effort to expand the parade for the 1916 Commemorations. However with the recent security restrictions for public events, we were not able to proceed with our plans and bring the desired sponsors on board with the level of uncertainty. We still however have the same fixed administrative overheads regardless of the size of the Parade.
Our organisation is run entirely on a voluntary basis and currently receives no external financial support or funding. Most of the Parade costs in previous years were paid for by contributions from members and volunteers, and by small donations received. But we can’t expect the same people to pay the costs every year. We need “a little help from our Irish, Belgian and International friends”.
Can you help us achieve this? With very little effort, you could! A small donation is all that it takes. That’s where you can play your part to make it work. We need funds each year to pay for the Administration and Parade-related activities. We need to have sufficient funds in our bank account or reliable pledges of financial support to ensure the continuation and growth of Parade. Even if you can only make a small contribution, it’s enough to make a difference. It will ensure that the Parade can be successful, enjoyable and good fun.
In addition to funding the Parade the Irish in Europe Association (International) aisbl depends on donations to continue to organise its various activities. With the help of many of its volunteers, the IEAI has organised and or supported over 300 events since 2011. (Concerts, Exhibitions, Lectures, Social, Irish related events and the Irish in Europe Cultural Exchange Programme between Belgium and Ireland).
All our Parade donors and volunteers since 2009 have been entered in a Roll of Honour. We have decided to mark the 1916 Commemoration by recognising all our volunteers and donors who donated funds since 2009 by presenting them or their next of kin with a special ‘Roll of Honour Certificate’’ by the years end. We hope to have the presentations at a Special Awards Ceremony. All persons who donate this year will also receive this special Roll of Honour certificate.
The Parade is at 13h on Sunday, 19th of March, 2017. It starts at the statue of “Le Chien Vert” in the corner of Parc Cinquantenaire/Jubelpark. Participation is free and it makes a lovely afternoon family outing.
Donations can be made in two ways:
1. Bank transfer to the IEAI Bank Account by using these details:
IEAI, held at Crelan, Parc 50Naire
BE82 8601 1591 3968
2. Credit Card via PayPal
Thank you for reading this and thanks in advance for whatever contribution you decide to make.
Denis J. Buckley
Brussels Saint Patrick’s Day Parade of the Nations and Regions Committee:-
Irish in Europe Association (International) aisbl
Non-Profit International Association – Registered in Belgium – Charity Number 835467433
www.irishineurope.org Tel: 32(0)488 860 707 firstname.lastname@example.org