Changing Children’s Lives for Good: The RTÉ Toy Show Appeal with the Community Foundation for Ireland

June 2022
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RTE Toy Show Appeal with The Community Foundation for Ireland

Children’s Books Ireland is delighted to announce that we have been awarded €70,000 from the RTE Toy Show Appeal grants for 2022 by the Community Foundation for Ireland.

The grant will be used to provide Free To Be Me: Little Libraries to fifty schools across Ireland this year.  

These Little Libraries of diverse and inclusive books will be especially tailored to welcome Ukrainian children to their new schools, ensuring they see themselves reflected in books in Irish school libraries.

What is a Free To Be Me Little Library?

Conceived as part of the wider Free To Be Me: Diversity, Inclusion and Representation project with KPMG, these Little Libraries aim to make an impact in schools by giving them resources to promote equity and visibility of diverse stories.

Each participating school will receive:

  • A diverse library of over 100 books from the Free To Be Me reading guide
  • A specially designed Free To Be Me resource pack to support use of the books in the classroom
  • Display materials including posters, stickers bunting and bookmarks

Elaina Ryan, CEO of Children’s Books Ireland, said:

'We are delighted to receive funding again this year from the RTÉ Toy Show Appeal with Community Foundation for Ireland. For the second year running, the warmth and generosity shown by the Irish public during the Appeal last Christmas was truly something to behold. This incredible gift will help Ukrainian children feel welcome in their new schools this September, providing comfort and inviting conversations in their classrooms and beyond.’

About RTE Toy Show Appeal

Inspired by children, the RTE Toy Show Appeal works to bring the magic of the Late Late Toy Show to every child in Ireland. By funding essential support, health, well-being, play and creativity we aim to change children’s lives for good.

The donations to the RTÉ Toy Show Appeal, are received and managed by registered charity, The Community Foundation for Ireland with whom we work in partnership.

For more information about The Community Foundation for Ireland, please see the link below.

Given the level of public support for the Appeal, and with the ambition to help even more children, the RTÉ Toy Show Appeal will return for a third year and will be a part of the Late Late Toy Show on Friday 25th November 2022.