Kilkenny photographers Maria Dunphy, “Maria of Kilkenny,” High Street, Kilkenny and Ignatius O’Neill, “Studio 1,” Westcourt, Callan will be helping to raise money for the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation on March 31 as part of a national campaign.
The Irish Professional Photographers Association’s “Happy Faces” initiative, in association with Canon, will see over 100 professional photographers take part nationwide.
On the day, anyone of any age can go to one of these photographers for an individual professional portrait in return for a €25 donation, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Jack and Jill Foundation. Each photographer will cover the costs of producing the portraits and donate a day of their time.
The money will help to provide home nursing care to children who have developmental delay as a result of brain damage, and the organisation is promising that the money raised locally will be spent on Kilkenny families.
Since 1997, Jack and Jill has supported 29 children and their families in Kilkenny with home nursing care and respite are, and the organisation requires €72,6667 per year to support the six families currently under its wing in the county.
For this campaign, the foundation is aiming to raise €100,000 nationwide.