Circle K’s new Christmas charity initiative to support the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation

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New research reveals 39% of motorists think it’s important to visit a car wash as part of their pre-Christmas build up

Car Wash Fundraising drive across Circle K’s network will see at least €30,000 donated to the children’s charity that funds and delivers home nursing and end-of-life care for children under six

Circle K, Ireland’s largest forecourt and convenience retailer, has today launched a new charity fundraising initiative in sites nationwide, excluding Circle K Express. All proceeds raised from the initiative will go directly to the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation.

From Sunday 19th December to Friday 24th December 2021 inclusive, €1 from every car wash purchase at a Circle K, excluding Circle K Express, will automatically be donated to the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation. According to new research conducted by Circle K, 39% of motorists think it is important to visit a car wash to make sure that their vehicle is looking its best before Christmas. Of those, 59% plan to visit a jet car wash at a forecourt before the festive period. With many people planning to visit a car wash this Christmas, Circle K is encouraging motorists to visit one of its car washes next week. In doing so, not only will motorists be availing of the best car wash technology on the Irish market but will also be supporting a very important cause.

At least €30,000 in much-needed funds will be raised through the initiative, providing at least 1,667 hours of specialist home nursing care support for the 402 children under the care of the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation in communities across the country. The Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation is an Irish children’s charity that funds and delivers specialist home nursing and end-of-life care for children from birth to six years of age who have highly complex and life-limiting medical conditions. This Christmas, as the pandemic continues, it is more important than ever for the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation to keep the children it supports at home with their family and out of hospital. Because there is no care like home care, especially at Christmas time.

Commenting on the initiative, Ciara Foxton, Finance Director at Circle K Ireland added: “We are delighted to lend our support to raise much needed funds for the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation this Christmas. The work of the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation provides invaluable support to families across Ireland, and we believe this initiative will go far in lending a helping hand at a time when the Covid-19 pandemic has significantly impacted many charities’  fundraising efforts. We wanted to make supporting a very important cause easier than ever, and so all you need to do to show your support for Jack and Jill this Christmas is to visit one of our car wash facilities next week and we’ll donate on your behalf’’.

Carmel Doyle, CEO of the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation added: “With more families than ever relying on Jack & Jill’s support right across the country, this fundraiser couldn’t come at a better time, and we thank our friends at Circle K for making it happen.  We all know that getting the car washed for Christmas is high on the to do list and we would ask people to visit their local Circle K car wash and, in that way, they’ll be helping local Jack & Jill families.  Donating this €1 dosh from the traditional car wash is a great idea and our €30,000 target will fund 1,667 hours of specialist home nursing care, or 4 hours for each and every one of our 402 families. A lovely Christmas gift of time.”

Broadcaster Anna Daly was at Circle K Dundrum to officially launch the fundraising initiative. Anna concluded: “I was delighted to be asked by Circle K and the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation to lend my support to this fantastic initiative. I’m a long-time supporter of Jack and Jill and the work they do with children and families is incredible in supporting them through difficult circumstances. Circle K have made it so easy to donate to Jack and Jill – by simply purchasing a car wash between the 19th and 24th December, you will be donating €1 in much needed funds to the charity. Not only will you be getting a shiny, clean car, but you will also be supporting children across Ireland with life- limiting conditions and keeping them at home with their families this Christmas. I’ll be putting mine through the car wash on Christmas week for sure!”