Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland (SBHI) is 50! 2018 marks 50 years since the national association was formed and everyone is looking forward to a celebratory year ahead.
SBHI is a national organisation supporting more than 2,000 people who know spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus to be a reality in their lives.
During the 50th Anniversary year, SBHI will continue its work of supporting thousands of individuals and families across Ireland by delivering unique services which ensure that everybody affected receives the best support available to them. This is achieved through a team of Family Support Workers, a Youth and Respite Team, Education Training work, and through the Resource Centre, Clonshaugh.
Together these professionally trained staff offer comprehensive support to everyone living with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus across Ireland.
In addition to this core work, plans are afoot to mark this milestone Anniversary and celebrate the achievements and development of SBHI over the past 50 years with a number of events.
As this is a ‘Golden Anniversary’, a gold version of the SBHI logo will be launched which will be used in all promotions and publications throughout the year.
The Annual Conference and AGM, being held from 25th to 27th May in City North Hotel, Gormanstown will afford the Board of Directors, members, staff, and volunteers a wonderful opportunity to look back over the past 50 years, celebrate the present, and look forward to the future.
SBHI is fortunate to have wonderful people who come forward to volunteer to fundraise year after year. One of the current charity supporters, Stephen Martin of the Marathon Man to Ironman Challenge, is organising a 50th Anniversary Family 5k & 10K Fun Run in Corkagh Park on Saturday, 30th June. More information on this event will follow.
Also throughout the year, the hardworking officers in the eight branches around the country – Donegal, Mayo/Leitrim/Roscommon, Louth/Meath, Tipperary, Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow, and Wexford – will host a series 50th Anniversary fundraising events.
SBHI is extending the established golf fundraising efforts for 2018. The annual SBHI Packie Bonner Golf Classic will be complimented by an additional qualifier event. The SBHI Golden Anniversary Golf Classic will also be hosted by SBHI Patron and Irish goal-keeping legend Packie Bonner at Palmerstown House Estate Golf Course on Thursday 16th August.
On Thursday, 16th August, 25 teams, the winners of Golf Classic Qualifiers held in clubs all over the country, will compete over 18 holes of golf followed by an evening meal and presentation.
The following day, SBHI will return to Palmerstown House Estate where 32 teams will take their opportunity to compete to win the annual classic and enjoy an evening meal, charity auction, raffle and presentation. Entry for the Packie Bonner Golf Classic will open in February.
To keep updated on our 50th Anniversary celebratory plans and events throughout the year, log onto www.sbhi.ie or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram on @SBHIreland.