I wanted to take a chance to talk about our charity partner for the Christmas season.
As we all consider how we can give back to the community during the end of the year, I want to say this is the way that NAMAWE can do that this year. If you’re anything like me, then sometimes corporate charity sponsorships come off a little ingenuine.
As I sit here writing this post while Maria works to pack each online order by hand with personal “thank you” cards in each box, I think that we are anything but corporate.
Let me be clear, though.
You do not have to buy from us to support Mayo’s Down Syndrome Ireland. In fact, it is much easier to donate directly to them.
How did we learn about Mayo’s Branch?
We met Paula Dunne, former treasurer of the Mayo Branch of Down Syndrome Ireland, and she immediately trusted our products on her family. A genuine volunteer, we were struck by her sheer will and tireless efforts to support the charity.
Down syndrome is not as prevalent in the United States or Spain as in Ireland. So, only once we got to know Paula and her family did we realize the challenges facing families with Down syndrome children.
Paula trusts our products in her family, and many other families do the same with children who suffer from skin ailments like eczema, psoriasis, acne, etc. At the end of our second official year in business, we credit much of NAMAWE’s growth to community support.
We do no paid advertisements, and word of mouth is critical to the success of our business. Our marketing reach is organic, authentic, and natural. (Just like our products, haha)
Charities compete not just with each other for precious funds but also in the marketplace. They are often pushed out of advertising opportunities because their budget is smaller than big businesses.
Even though we are a small business, we are growing because of customers like Paula. So, why shouldn’t we take another leap of faith and give support however we can?
What is Mayo’s Branch of Down Syndrome Ireland?
The Mayo branch of Down Syndrome Ireland was created in 1976 by parents of children with Down Syndrome to create independence and inclusion of their children. As of May 2021, they have over 135 active members, with the office being based in Castlebar.
Next year, the Mayo branch will launch a support center equipped to help its members from birth until their senior years. With dedicated therapy rooms, community areas, event spaces, and treatment rooms, it will surely be a valuable waypoint for families in the area.
Now is the best time to support charities like Mayo’s Down Syndrome Ireland. We are only as strong as our most vulnerable members, so supporting small businesses and initiatives like Mayo’s branch of Down Syndrome Ireland are critical.
Here are some reasons why we’re supporting Mayo Down Syndrome Ireland:
- Promoting Inclusivity: Down Syndrome charities work towards creating an inclusive society where individuals with Down Syndrome are accepted and valued. Supporting these charities helps in fostering a culture of understanding and respect for diversity.
- Educational and Therapeutic Resources: Charities often provide educational and therapeutic resources for individuals with Down Syndrome. This includes specialized programs, training materials, and support services that contribute to the development and well-being of individuals with Down Syndrome.
- Community Support: Down Syndrome charities are crucial in building a supportive community for individuals with Down Syndrome and their families. This support can include counseling, support groups, and networking opportunities, creating a network of people who understand the unique challenges and joys associated with Down Syndrome.
- Advocacy and Awareness: Charities advocate for the rights of individuals with Down Syndrome, promoting awareness and understanding in society. This advocacy can lead to policy changes that enhance the rights and opportunities available to individuals with Down Syndrome.
- Early Intervention Programs: Down Syndrome charities often support early intervention programs that provide essential services to children with Down Syndrome and their families. Early intervention can significantly impact a child’s development and help them reach their full potential.
- Employment Opportunities: Supporting Down Syndrome charities can contribute to initiatives to create more employment opportunities for individuals with Down Syndrome. This can lead to greater economic independence and social integration.
- Celebrating Abilities: By supporting Down Syndrome charities, you contribute to shifting the narrative around Down Syndrome from a deficit-based perspective to one that celebrates the unique abilities and contributions of individuals with Down Syndrome.
In Ireland, as in many other places, these charities are instrumental in creating a more inclusive and supportive environment for individuals with Down Syndrome. They rely on the support of the community to continue their valuable work and make a positive impact on the lives of those affected by Down Syndrome.
How can we help?
For the Christmas season, we donate €1 of every product purchased on our website or from our shop to charity. It may not be a lot, but during this time of the year, it can add up. Plus, as we know from our own business, every little bit of support means a whole lot.
You don’t have to buy from us! You can donate directly to the charity at the following links:
Make this Christmas mean something more than material gifts.
Most of all, have a wonderful Christmas, everyone!