What makes Lakers different to other charities?
We are a small local charity, that has been a huge success!
Starting out in 1989, Lakers was created by a small group of parents, looking for support and extra curricular activities for their children with special needs. Thanks to the tenacity, hard work and grit of these parents Lakers was created on a strong foundation. Now with the help of a small staff team and over 160 volunteers Lakers has gone from strength to strength. From 4 activities per week and a hand full of members we now support just under 400 people aged 5 to 70. This year our jam packed timetable offers over 60 activities a week. Including football, sailing, art, yoga, cookery, pottery, skiing and climbing to name but a few. All of our activities are chosen by our members and parents to cater to a variety of abilities and interests.
You can feel the magic that happens here.
The real success of Lakers, is that we get to be a part of our members journey. We witness massive triumphs on a daily basis and can share our stories of success with you. Whether its a child scoring their first goal, or painting their first picture, or whether is an adult winning their first medal, or speaking to another person for the first time, there are so many miracles that your company can be a part of.
Our members inspire us to be the best version of ourselves
Our members enthusiasm, determination, love and passion for their club inspires us on a daily basis. It helps us to strive to be the best we can be. This passion, determination, creativity and kindness will be at your disposal throughout our partnership, and our members will in turn inspire you and your staff to feel the same.
Contact Kathy Baker: Kathy.Baker@lakers.ie or call 086 7860111 to find out more, or chat about how you would like to get invovled.
Our Corporate Supporters
Many thanks to our long term corporate sponsor MGZ Consultants who continue to support us. We are forever grateful for your support of our club, especially throughout the challenges of the last few years. This year their support has meant we can continue to stay connected to our vulnerable members throughout the pandemic with online activities & outdoor classes.
Supervalu Bray have been a long term supporter of Lakers providing sponsorship prizes, food, fundraising opportunities, staff support and till box donations for over 6 years. They are a true testament to community support and are always there when we need them.
Design Partners teamed up with Lakers in 2020 for a new Corporate Event the “Christmas Cycle Challenge”. Inspired by Lakers’ passion for sport, they set themselves a goal of virtually cycling the length and breadth of Ireland. Dublin to Galway and Cork to Belfast. The team at Design Partners were amazing, raising over €6000 for Lakers which will be used to fund our online activities and help us to connect with our vulnerable members at home.
A huge thank you to Salesforce for their continued software support, assistance, and skill sharing. Your support has transformed the way we help and connect with our members. The time and effort given freely to our club is priceless and very much appreciated by everyone. The impact of this work during the pandemic for example – has meant an automation of our systems, allowing our members and families to find the support they need through booking classes online.
Absolute Print & Design have offered free design and print products for Lakers website and have supported our fundraising events for the last 3 years allowing us to spend more on our members. When looking to upgrade our website in 2020 they offered the most comparable rate and expertise. They give us an amazing service that allows us to connect to our members online.
In 2019 Fleishman Hillard partnered with Lakers and greatly assisted in the PR for the opening of our new Centre. It was very important to relaunch our charity following on from a fire which devastated our Centre and services the previous year. Thanks to Fleishman Hillard, Lakers attained national coverage for our event, which in turn attracted additional supporters for our club. Fleishman Hillard continued to support Lakers with additional skill sharing and even took part in a Giant Table Quiz raising over €5,000 which was used to further support our members activities and replace damaged sports equipment.
In 2019 Difference Days & Irish Distillers teamed up to support Lakers providing over 300 volunteers, as well as an artist, craftsmen and landscapers to completely transform our derelict yard into a working garden, barbeque and stage area for our members. It was a day that took a lot of planning, a lot of hard work and a hole lot of love. It was a day we will never forget. Thank You. You can see Irish Distillers Corporate Social Responsibility Day video here.
We would also like to say a huge thank all of our wonderful supporters and volunteer teams over the years, who have all had a similar impact on our club, our hearts and our members.
Thank you to:
CPL – Sage – Deloitte
Bray Credit Union – Bank of Ireland – Permanent TSB Bray
Rochestown Lodge – Commscope – Musgraves
Fleetwood Healthcare – O’Kellys Jewellers – Bannons Jewellers
Chadwicks – Broadcast Video Systems – The American Holiday Company
The Sports Room – The Happy Pear