Thursday 3rd March 2011: St Michael’s House, one of Ireland’s largest providers of community based services for children and adults with an intellectual disability has teamed up with Eight Twenty Cabs (8 20 20 20) to provide the nation with free books this weekend to celebrate their Bring a Book, Buy a Book Campaign, which runs until 9th March! From tomorrow (Friday 4th March) until Sunday 6th March St Michael’s House will be leaving free books, some signed by the authors, in selected Eight Twenty Cabs around the city.
Model Vogue Williams was one of the lucky passengers to flag down an Eight Twenty Cab holding a free Irish novel!
The books were signed and donated to St Michael’s House by Irish authors, including Cathy Kelly, Amanda Brunker, Marian Keyes, Sarah Webb, Anna McPartlin, Sarah Conroy, and Marisa Mackle. Poolbeg publishers also donated a large number of books to the cause.
Barbara Wiseman, Head of Fundraising, St Michael’s House, commented: “We have had an overwhelming response to our Bring a Book, Buy a Book campaign so far this year, with over 160 locations signed up, an increase of 38% on 2010! We are very grateful to the authors and publishers for donating the books to our cause, and we are delighted to share them with bookworms around the city as they take their taxi trips this weekend!”
The campaign encourages participants to set up book swapping locations in their offices, schools, colleges, clubs or homes. Volunteers contribute their second hand books and purchase books donated by their colleagues, fellow students, friends or family at a cost of €2 per book. All funds raised go directly to St Michael’s House to help provide services to children and adults with an intellectual disability.
Issued on behalf of St Michael’s House by Heneghan PR
St Michael's House is a community-based voluntary organisation. Founded by parents in 1955, the organisation has grown to become one of the largest providers of services to people with an intellectual disability in Ireland. Today St Michael’s House provides a range of specialised services to over 1,550 children and adults with a learning disability and their families through 160 community based centres in the greater Dublin area. St Michael's House employs over 1,650 staff.