From left: Dr Ita Richardson, Chair of the UL Women's Forum, Pauline Goggin, Adapt House and Yvonne Clarke, Event Manager, University of Limerick.
Local Limerick charity Adapt House left the University of Limerick this week with €1,100 as the beneficiary of the 2010 University of Limerick's Women's Forum annual Christmas lunch and raffle which was supported by UL Faculty, staff and students. A number of new toys were also donated to Adapt House by the UL Sports and Social Club.
The cheque was presented to Pauline Goggin, Chair of Adapt House Limerick by Chair of the UL Women's Forum Events' Committee Yvonne Clarke at the lunch which was held in UL's Millstream Restaurant. "The UL Women's Forum chose Adapt House as our charity this Christmas because we wanted to support local women who find Christmas time particularly difficult. It is well documented that domestic violence increases around the Christmas season and Adapt House is a welcome refuge to women and their families", said Ita Richardson, who Chairs the UL Women's Forum.
Adapt House is committed to promoting the right of women and their children to live and grow in a peaceful, non-violent home environment and to enabling those subjected to domestic abuse to control their lives and their life choices. The services offered by Adapt include an emergency refuge helpline, group and individual support, accompanying women to court and to other services, education and training, information and help in relation to housing, finance and legal options.
The UL Women's Forum is a network within the University of Limerick which supports the development of female employees within their working environment through the organisation of networking events, co-ordination of sub-committees and lobbying for support for women's issues. The forum is committed to supporting and empowering women to realise their full potential and highlight issues of importance to female employees in UL. It provides a networking opportunity for existing and new employees in a supportive environment where issues of concern can be discussed openly and frankly.