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Stand up to bullying


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Normally we focus on how to save money here at You & Your Money, but there are plenty of worthy causes out there that you can help with your spare change.

The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) has launched its 2016 Shield Campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the need to prevent bullying. The campaign can be supported by buying a bangle in Penneys stores across the country. Last year the Penneys bangles – which cost €2.50 each – raised over €36,000 for the programme.

“Bullying affects thousands of young people and children every year, and the ISPCC’s Shield campaign aims to remind everyone that they can stand up against bullying, and that what each person does can make a difference,” said ISPCC CEO Grainia Long. “In 2015, 7,048 contacts were made to Childline about bullying. The young people we work with in our mentoring and emotional and behavioural support services in the community also bring up bullying as a key issue for them.”

The Shield programme is available to schools, clubs and other organisations who work with young people, providing supports to help them to tackle and prevent bullying. Shield pins are also available at a cost of €2 – all profits will be donated to the Shield programme.

A number of ISPCC ambassadors have echoed the call to action, urging the Irish public to support the fundraising drive. “I am so proud to be an ambassador for the ISPCC and delighted to lend my support to the Shield campaign this year,” said Leinster and Ireland rugby star Jamie Heaslip. “The funds for this campaign go to an incredible cause, helping us to take on the issue of bullying in schools across the country. Get down to your local Penneys and help us stand up against bullying.”

For more information on the programme, contact National Anti-Bullying Coordinator Sinead McKee on [email protected] or phone 086 722 6788.

When not writing about all things personal finance, You & Your Money's editor Conor Forrest enjoys reading, football and getting lost in an ocean of Wikipedia articles.