A message from Lenny Abrahamson, Educate Together Parent, Filmmaker & Educate Together 120 Ambassador

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Hi Patricia,
As a parent, having my children participate in an Educate Together school is very important to me. The schools are built on an ethos that celebrates equally the value and potential of every child regardless of their religious, social or cultural background and I really love the experience my children are having there.
On Sunday morning I was on the Marian Finucane radio show talking about Educate Together. I am delighted to be the ambassador for the Educate Together 120 national campaign to open 30 more equality-based schools. At the moment, there are 23,000 students in Educate Together schools, but shockingly we have another 23,000 on our waiting lists. To meet demand, we need to open more schools.
Despite what we hear reported sometimes, education is not free in Ireland. The state only part-fund our schools, and it’s up to organisations like Educate Together to fill the gap. It costs an average of €83,000 for Educate Together to open a new school and only 25% of that is provided by the state. Educate Together relies substantially on the generosity of supporters like you and me, as it must fundraise to foot the bill of opening new schools.
Educate Together has launched its 120 campaign to ensure that every family of every type, in every corner of Ireland, that want to send their child to an Educate Together school can do so, but it won’t be able to do this without the financial support of those who believe in our cause.
Educate Together is a charity. The Irish people are very generous and we all have different causes that we care about and want to support. So, I am calling on parents and families like me who have had amazing experiences of Educate Together schools, as well as those on our waiting lists, to make Educate Together their charitable cause. If every Educate Together family and every family on our waiting list donated just €50, we could open 30 new schools tomorrow and offer the Educate Together experience to an additional 20,000 families! 

I hope that you will join me if you can, and become a supporter of Educate Together.
All the best,

Lenny Abrahamson
Educate Together Parent, Filmmaker & Educate Together 120 Ambassador
How can you help?
A regular gift
The most efficient way to support our work is by making a regular monthly donation. A monthly gift of €21 is eligible for tax relief, which means the Government will give us an extra €114 at no extra cost to you! You can sign-up to a direct debit or standing order here.
A once-off donation
If a regular gift is not for you, perhaps you could make a once-off gift to support our work. You can make a donation online with by credit/debit card here. Or send a cheque to Educate Together, Equity House, 16/17 Upper Ormond Quay, Dublin 2.
Organise an employee giving programme
Does your workplace have any programmes to support local charities? If so, maybe you could make Educate Together your preferred charity. Find out more here.
Organise an Event
Thinking of organising an event to raise funds for Educate Together? Get in touch with our Fundraising Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 01 429 2502.
Get involved in a start-up group
Join the grass-roots campaigns for new schools in your area. Find out more here.
Share your story
How has Educate Together impacted your life? We are always keen to hear from families, alumni and students about their Educate Together story. Share your story by getting in touch with us: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01 429 2502. All stories will be treated confidentially.
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