MOYROSS parish priest Fr Tony O’Riordan has called on up to 40 Limerick people to donate money to support children in the estate.
Fr O’Riordan has launched a funding idea, which he has described as ‘Self Help Robin Hoodism’.
The scheme has been used in Dublin, and Fr O’Riordan wants the same kind of idea used here in Limerick.
“It is a case of appealing to the rich to help the poorer,” he said.
Fr O’Riordan has recently spoken on national radio, speaking about a government-sponsored tax-back system, whereby schools can claim back tax on donations. And he says a number of people were listening in - because he has received a major funding pledge.
This is worth up to €20,000 to Corpus Christi School, on condition he matches it with smaller donations of around €250 each.
“I was invited on to Morning Ireland to speak on an idea I am developing whereby people who maybe can spare up to €250 per year could help schools in Limerick by using this tax scheme. I also mentioned that I hoped I would get a few wealthier people and organisations to offer a little more by way of incentive and we could have a matching fund scheme,” he explained.
“I have been contacted by a number of individuals and organisations who have pledged €20,000. I would like to make an appeal to Limerick Leader readers to make a pledge of a contribution of €250 or more then we can double this amount.
For every €250 donated by a PAYE worker on the top rate of tax, the school can get an additional €174 from the State. This would be a fantastic achievement and help the kids of Limerick in a massive way,” he concluded.
Last year, 171 schools availed of a special tax break that allows them to claim money back on voluntary contributions worth €250 or more. If you are interested in helping, Fr Tony can be contacted at 087-9286945.