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25 February 2019 (VOL 14 WEEK 9)

Ethiopia Deaf Project (EDP) raffle.
Our friends in the Ethiopia Deaf Project (EDP) are back again this year with their fantastic raffle. All money raised will go towards the Ambo Lazarist Deaf School (ALDS) in Ambo, Ethiopia. Tickets are available via our Manager, Willie White.

EDP is an Irish registered charity (CHY17070) which our service has supported for many years. Without EDP, the school would still be just a dream. The school now has a team of teachers and the number of deaf students continues to grow and grow each year.

Fundraising activities are critical and this raffle is one of many activities organised here in Ireland. We know from our own trips to the school that the money is being well spent and continues to be a critical lifeline to all the students, teachers and their families.

The prizes in this year's raffle include the following: 1st prize - 40" Smart TV. 2nd prize 32" Smart TV. 3rd prize Bagless Vacuum Cleaner. 4th prize Healthy Air Fryer. 5th prize Wireless Speaker. 6th prize Sound bar. 7th prize Wireless inkjet Printer. 8th prize Google Home Mini. 9th prize Hand Garment Steamer. 10th prize Slow Cooker.

The raffle draw will take place on Tuesday 23rd of April in Togher AC, Togher, Cork. The raffle licence has been granted by An Garda Siochana.

Upcoming Activites in 2019 for Ethiopia Deaf Project (EDP).
A Cake Sale on Sunday takes place in April/May at Holy Trinity Church Cork City (after all masses). A date is yet to be confirmed due to building work in the area.

A Shave and Wax night will take place on the 11th of May in Nana's Douglas St. starting at 7pm.

The Ambo Ramble Charity Cycle will take place on the 9th of June. As usual, there will be two routes, one will be 57km and 127km.

For more information on EDP, you can check out their website at and also their Facebook page at
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18 February 2019 (VOL 14 WEEK 8)

Rebranding and New Name.
In previous newsletters, we talked about our plans to create a new name and image for our service to mark our 20 years in service. We have been delighted with the response from our customers and would like to thank everyone for their creative ideas so far.

The challenge now is to check if the proposed new names are registered by other companies. We will also need to check if any new name is available for email addresses and new Facebook/website pages.

As mentioned previously, we are hoping to secure sponsorship to cover the costs. We also plan for most of the work to be carried out by in-house staff and sponsors so we can keep costs to a minimum. So, keep your ideas coming in and thanks again for your support.

Changes to Garda Vetting procedures.
The Garda Vetting Act stipulates that a relevant organisation shall not permit any person to undertake relevant work or activities on behalf of the organisation with vulnerable adults/children, unless the organisation receives a vetting disclosure from the National Vetting Bureau in respect of that person.

To ensure registered organisations are compliant with new Service Level Arrangements (SLAs), there are a number of changes to the vetting procedure that we are now implementing.

As it is a criminal offence to carry out unnecessary vetting, this procedure will only be carried out for candidates who our service deems to have a role that involves 'a necessary and regular part which consists mainly of the person having access to, or contact with, children / vulnerable persons'.
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11 February 2019 (VOL 14 WEEK 7)

Thank you for your kind wishes for our 20 years in business.
We would like to thank everyone for their congratulations and kind wishes last week when we reached our 20 years in business. We are still amazed that 20 years have passed since we opened our doors on a full-time basis on the 1st of February 1999. We know the next 20 years will bring its own challenges. However, we appreciate all the reminders this week of the countless achievements we made together over the years. We look forward to achieving many more in the years to come. To everyone who has supported, guided, encouraged and shared the journey with us, a sincere thank you from all of us here.

Thank you for your creative ideas on our re-branding.
We would also like to thank everyone for their creative ideas on a new name, logo and image for us as we go forward into the next 20 years. We are happy to get more of your ideas and suggestions in person and by email so keep the creative ideas coming.

CODA UK and Ireland - Wellbeing Day In Limerick (March 23rd).
CODA UK and Ireland will be hosting a Wellbeing Day for adult CODA's (Children of Deaf Adults) who are aged 18 years and over in Limerick on the 23rd of March.

The event will run from 10.30am - 5.30pm in the Deaf Community Centre (DCC) in Limerick. The day will be a great opportunity to meet other fellow CODA's. It will also include a CODA Counsellor presentation, workshops, a member and volunteers forum and how to get involved and the day will end off with an evening meal and social.

The event itself is free. However, a small donation towards room hire costs would be appreciated. Tea and coffee will be provided and there are numerous cafes and restaurants nearby for lunch. For any CODA wishing to attend the evening meal, please let the organisers know. To keep costs to a minimum, everyone will pay for their own lunch/evening meal.

It promises to be a great day out, so if you would like more information, you can email: or to register, go to
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4 February 2019 (VOL 14 WEEK 6)

KDRC is now 20 years in business.
On this 1st of February, our service reached an important milestone, we are now up and running for 20 years. We first opened on the 1st of February all the way back in 1999.

Like all other businesses, we have faced many challenges but we have also celebrated major achievements. We have had our ups and downs and weathered many a storm including the collapse of the Celtic Tiger economy that forced many businesses to shut down.

While we have been lucky to be part funded by the HSE, we have struggled to secure funding to meet the actual costs of running a full-time service. We have been reliant on a team of part time staff and a full-time manager.

However, with their support and the support of countless deaf, hard of hearing, deafened and hearing supporters, we have stood the test of time.

To meet our shortfall in funding, we have also been reliant on the goodwill of countless supporters who have helped us bring in vital funds from a range of fundraising activities including street and church collections.

Together, we have managed to stay open throughout it all. To everyone who has supported us since 1999, we are truly grateful for your support. We couldn't have done it without you.

To our staff, our Board, the HSE, all customers and supporters, and to everyone who has inspired us, past and present, a huge thank you, here's to the next 20 years!!!

Looking towards the next 20 years - a new image, a new brand.
As we enter the next stages of development and growth, we are now considering a re-brand and a new focus.

Over the past 20 years, our service, our customer needs and indeed the political and legal framework we work in has changed dramatically. Our customer base has also expanded to include hard of hearing, deafened and hearing customers with an interest in deaf and hard of hearing issues.

We want our name, our logo and image to reflect all these changes. In 2019, we will be exploring this more and welcome your feedback.

Have you any thoughts on a new name for us and a new logo? We hope to secure for grants and sponsorship to cover all costs, so send us your creative ideas as we plan what's in store for the next 20 years.
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