Premiere of The future belongs to the Young taking place in Dublin

The premiere of the film The Future belongs to the Young will take place on 21st September 2017 at the Savoy Cinema in Dublin.

Even in one of the fastest growing economies in the world, around Ethiopia today many children still face the daily challenge of survival. The future belongs to the young, features international best-selling author, peace ambassador and charity founder Lorna Byrne as she sets out on an adventure of a lifetime across Ethiopia with APA – A Partnership with Africa, to see for herself the diverse challenges facing children there.

Lorna meets children who have lost parents as a result of the AIDS epidemic, street children needing to be reunified with their families, vulnerable young girls working as housemaids or bar workers with no access to education, children residing in prison and indigenous children facing unimaginable discrimination. With intimate access to people’s homes and lives, Lorna learns about the ground breaking initiatives that are helping to change the lives of vulnerable, severely disadvantaged and marginalised children and young people across the country as well as documenting those still desperate for help.

The film charts Lorna’s mission to understand how we all can help to change the lives of children for the better. ‘The future belongs to the young’ is a film about hope, the indomitable spirit of the Ethiopian people and making the impossible, possible.

Foundation’s first family fun day takes place at Wallaby Woods

A huge thank you to everyone who came to our very first family fun day at Wallaby Woods on Sunday 20th August 2017. Despite the Irish weather it still turned out to be a great success. Thank you also to everyone who helped to make it such a special day, especially the McCabe and Allende families for all of their support.

The foundation receives official charity status.

The foundation is delighted to announce today, 17th July, that we have received notice from the Charity Regulatory Authority of Ireland that the foundation has been approved to be included on the official register of charities in Ireland. Creating the right governance structures for the foundation is extremely important and this is a fantastic achievement for the future of the organisation.

Our registered charity number (RCN) is 20103460.

For more information on the Charity Regulatory Authority see www.charityregulator.ie.

One of Ireland’s best-loved storytellers joins TEAM LORNA

One of Ireland’s best-loved storytellers Cathy Kelly joined Team Lorna this year to raise money for the Lorna Byrne Children’s Foundation at the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon on Monday 1st June 2015.

Lorna and Cathy were also joined by team members from as far afield as USA, Denmark, Germany, the UK and from all across Ireland who came together to walk the 10k through the streets of Dublin with 40,000 other women.

Team Lorna 2015 raised €8,000 for the foundation’s chosen charities and survived the rain on the day with lots of fun and laughter.

For more information on the mini marathon see www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie

Team Lorna celebrating on the steps on one of Dublin’s historic Georgian buildings after completing the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon

Foundation’s very first fundraiser takes place in Derry

The Lorna Byrne Children’s Foundation held it’s very first fundraising event at the Everglades Hotel in Derry on Thursday 21st May 2015. The event which was organised in conjunction with one of the foundation’s chosen charities APA – A Partnership with Africa’s local Derry committee saw Lorna being interviewed by well known broadcaster Frances Campbell. The event raised over €7,000 and all proceeds will be split equally between the foundation’s chosen charities for 2015.

Lorna Byrne with broadcaster Frances Campbell and the APA – A Partnership with Africa Derry committee

Lorna Byrne Children’s Foundation confirms chosen charities.

The Lorna Byrne Children’s Foundation today confirmed it’s chosen charities for 2015/2016. These organisations are working tirelessly to change the lives of children for the better both in Ireland and around the world. In 2015 and 2016 all proceeds raised by the Lorna Byrne Children’s Foundation will be split equally between:

  • Unicef Ireland’s Syria Appeal Today, in Syria and the surrounding countries, more than 14 million children are in desperate need of humanitarian support. Unicef is delivering clean water, sanitation, education, medical care, immunisation services and psychosocial care to millions of displaced children and their families. www.unicef.ie
  • APA – A Partnership with Africa is fighting for the human rights of a large number of marginalised children and young women in Ethiopia and Tanzania who are extremely vulnerable, exposed to abuse, HIV/AIDS infection and relentless violence. www.apa.ie
  • Blue Box For many children in Limerick, emotional and psychological trauma is a daily reality. Blue Box uses Creative Therapies (art, play, music, drama, dance & movement) to remove the emotional blocks that stop traumatised children from learning. The Blue Box Creative Therapy Centre is only centre of its kind in Ireland and in Europe. www.bluebox.ie

The Foundation also have commitment from a number of financial patrons to support the operational costs of the foundation for 2015 and 2016 so that as much of the money raised as possible can go directly to the three chosen charities.

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