Rape Crisis Mid-West still facing funding challenge

Alan Owens


Alan Owens

Selfie: staff and volunteers involved in Rape Crisis Mid-West launch their annual fundraising drive in Thomond Park. Picture Brendan Gleeson
RAPE Crisis Mid-West has suffered a “difficult and challenging year” as funding resources have dried up.

RAPE Crisis Mid-West has suffered a “difficult and challenging year” as funding resources have dried up.

The service, which has closed centres in the region in Ennis and Nenagh, while operating a “skeletal and limited service” in Limerick, recently launched its annual fundraising event.

The Rape Crisis Centre in Limerick closed for a month during the summer, but has remained open, despite a shortfall in resources, estimated at around €120,000.

“This year has been a difficult and challenging year for our centres in the region,” explained Verena Tarpey, fundraiser with the service.

“We regrettably were forced to implement cost saving measures including a decision to temporarily close services in the Midwest for at least one month and possibly more.

“At present, the Ennis and Nenagh services of Rape Crisis Mid-West remain closed until the beginning of October. In addition, we have had to implement similar measures in Limerick and have offered a skeletal and limited service for the last couple of months.

“This is a decision that we have not taken lightly and has come on the back of additional significant cost saving measures over the last number of years,” she added.

Rape Crisis Mid-West was established 32 years ago and is a regional organisation serving Clare, Limerick and Tipperary.

It provides a confidential one to one counselling service to both male and female survivors of rape and childhood sexual abuse.

A team of committed volunteers have come together to organise an Ultimate Quiz Night on Saturday, October 18, to take place in Thomond Park for the second year in a row.

“‘I have been a volunteer with Rape Crisis Mid-West for some years now and we are encouraging people to purchase a table for this event,” said Audrey O’Grady.

“It is not just about raising money – events like these heighten the profile of an organisation that works under the radar and relies heavily on volunteers to deliver their wide range of services in the Mid-West region,” she added.

Tables, costing €60 can be booked by logging on to www.rapecrisis.ie or by calling the Freephone number on 1800 311511.