Along with assembling amazing comedy from the cream of Irish and international comedy, sport and entertainment, RTE Does Comic Relief is thrilled to announce it is also releasing a beautiful exclusive Oliver Jeffers designed t-shirt.
The t-shirt will be available for a limited period of time online at €20.00 (plus P&P) for the adult ones and €15.00 (plus P&P) of the kids ones, all proceeds after manufacturing and distribution costs will go directly to RTE Does Comic Relief’s charity partner The Community Foundation for Ireland.
Commenting on the t-shirt RTE Does Comic Relief’s host Deirdre O’Kane said, “This t-shirt is simply a thing of beauty, which given it’s designed by Oliver Jeffers is no great surprise. It’s so, SO timely in it’s message and simplicity, and SO Irish too. I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t want one or who wouldn’t wear one, so be smart and order yours now as they won’t be around forever”.
Also Commenting Oliver Jeffers said, “I am delighted to be part of this great endeavor and hope the t-shirt can play it’s part helping out those most vulnerable in our society during this troublesome chapter of our lives”.
Thanks An Post for their help in making this t-shirt a reality.
The RTE Does Comic Relief T-Shirt can be bought here https://rtedoescomicrelief.myshopify.com/password
About The Community Foundation for Ireland
The Community Foundation for Ireland believes in a fair, caring and vibrant Ireland for now and the future. We work with individuals, families, corporates and other trusts and foundations to enable strategic and impactful giving.
We have been in existence since 2000 and last year we gave out €8.15 million to communities in Ireland and abroad. We have extensive experience of grant-making from working with over 4,000 non-profit organisations at a national, regional and local level throughout Ireland and overseas. With over 1,800 community foundations globally, the community foundation model is proven and effective model for social change.
All funds raised from the RTÉ Does Comic Relief campaign will be ring-fenced and distributed by the Community Foundation for Ireland as grants following an open call which will be held in July/August 2020. The fund will be used to support communities around Ireland in the recovery and rebuilding stage after the Covid-19 lock down, helping society to adjust to the new realities. The open call will invite charities and community and voluntary groups to apply for grants to help them support those most in need due to Covid-19.
For more information, please visit www.communityfoundation.ie
About Comic Relief’s activities in Ireland
Comic Relief’s activities in Ireland have been spearheaded by comedian Deirdre O’Kane, TV producer Darren Smith, Talent Agent Jane Russell, Advertising Exec Patrick Hickey, Accountant Ciaran Medlar and Lawyer David Phelan. This group is working in conjunction with RTÉ, Comic Relief International and the Community Foundation for Ireland (CFI) across all aspects of the campaign. The group founders have previously staged three gala nights of stand-up comedy at the 3Arena; the shows raised more than €600k, which has been distributed by CFI to a variety of Irish charities such as Focus Ireland, The Simon Community and Trocaire.
‘RTÉ Does Comic Relief’ is a licensee of Comic Relief Limited. Since its inception in 1985, Comic Relief has raised over £1 billion to support people living incredibly tough lives both in the UK and internationally. Through humour and stories of hope, we’ve shown that people can make a massive difference. We fund amazing organisations who are working on the ground to support the most vulnerable people and communities in society including many of those hardest hit by the coronavirus crisis. This includes vulnerable children and young people, people who are homeless or living in extreme poverty, women and families at risk of domestic abuse and those struggling with existing or new mental health problems.
For more info visit www.comicrelief.com
Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland)
About Oliver Jeffers
Oliver Jeffers is a visual artist and author working in painting, bookmaking, illustration, collage, performance and sculpture. Curiosity and humor are underlying themes throughout Oliver’s practice as an artist and storyteller. While investigating the ways the human mind understands its world, his work also functions as comic relief in the face of futility. Jeffers’ engagements and practice are truly international in scope. His critically acclaimed picture books have been translated into over forty-five languages, and sold over 12 million copies worldwide. His original artwork has been exhibited at such institutions as the Brooklyn Museum in New York, the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, the National Portrait Gallery in London, and the Palais Auersperg in Vienna. Jeffers has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books Award, Bologna Rigazzi Award, An Irish Book Award, and a United Kingdom Literary Association Award. His seventeenth book as author and illustrator was released in September 2019, and he has illustrated several others. Oliver grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland.