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AGM of the Irish Architects Benevolent Society 2010


Friday, March 12, 2010


4.15pm - 5.00pm


RIAI, 8 Merrion Square, Dublin 2

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The annual general meeting of the Irish Architects Benevolent Society will be held at 8 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 on Friday, 12 March 2010 at 4.15 p.m.

All RIAI Members are most welcome to attend the meeting and reservations are not necessary.

Irish Architects Benevolent Society

Registered Charity No: CHY5399      Founded 1959

The Irish Architects Benevolent Society was 50 years old last year. For those fifty years it has been helping architects and their families who suffer hardship and financial distress as a result of various crises, illness or death.

The Society and the directors operate on a voluntary basis and provide financial support to individuals and families who find themselves in extremely difficult circumstances. This year we will help 10 people and their families with total grants expected to reach €50,000. Grants can take the form of a small monthly income, a one-off payment to get a family through a crisis or a payment at Christmas. The society’s income derives from voluntary contributions, bequests and fund raising events.

The Society needs your help. The current economic climate has affected the Society’s investments and voluntary subscriptions. Our income is down and to maintain grants at their current levels we are now eating into cash reserves which were built up in the good times. These reserves are limited and we are concerned that if reserves diminish further we may have to turn away those coming to us for help.

A few years ago Harry* came to us for help.

Harry left Ireland for America in the 1960s and worked in various architects offices there. However his wife became ill and Harry cared for her until she died. This left Harry with debts which he settled by selling up in America and returning to Dublin. Friends of Harry were worried about him and contacted us. We were able to make sure Harry got all his State entitlements. His income consists of these State entitlements, some help from his family and a monthly grant from us. This allows him to live modestly in a small apartment in town where everything is close by and he doesn’t need a car. We keep in touch with Harry to make sure he is all right, he says that because of us he does not feel so alone.

We are able to help Harry and many others like him. We want to continue this work and would ask for your help. You can do this in many ways:

•        Pay the donation to the IABS with your RIAI subscription
•        Organize an event in the office to raise funds.

Every euro you donate will be used to help your colleagues and friends.

Best wishes
Brendan Mac Conville
On behalf of the Directors

*Harry’s name has been changed and his circumstances altered slightly to protect anonymity.

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