Loreto Interact Club Kilkenny is raising money to provide iPads for students from the School of the Holy Spirit in Kilkenny City.
The school caters for 84 students with autism as well as emotional and behavioural challenges.
The Interactors are on the look-out for old and unused iPads, chargers and cases which can be dropped off Caulfields SuperValu in Loughboy.
They are also raising money, and so far, the #iceforipads campaign has raised €1,605 of a €5,000 target.
On their gofundme page, the Kilkenny club writes: “Children with autism in particular are amongst the most affected during this difficult time, due to the lack of structure, routine and access to much needed physical resources.
“They usually rely on a variety of sensory and interactive content while in school, but many students do not have access to a laptop, PC or iPad at home.”
Children with autism in particular are amongst the most affected during this difficult time, due to the lack of structure, routine and access to much needed physical resources.”
Meanwhile, one charity effort which has been affected by COVID-19 is the Rotary Shoebox Scheme.
Since March 23rd, their warehouse in Lancashire has been closed and they have been unable to deliver flat pack boxes or receive back completed boxes.
A spokesperson said: “This is still the situation. As soon as the warehouse opens, we will inform you and start to resume hopefully normal service.”
Shortly before the lockdown, the Rotary Shoebox Scheme managed to complete the delivery of more than 13,500 boxes to Romania mid-March.
However, the boxes arrived at the start of the lockdown in Romania and they were unable to distribute to several Rotary clubs because of the restrictions on groups.
Instead, the boxes have been unloaded to the Prison Fellowship’s warehouse in Cluj Napoca.
Prison Fellowship have been able to deliver their 4,600 boxes to the community as they are classed as a front line service organisation.
shortly before the lockdown, the Rotary Shoebox Scheme managed to complete the delivery of more than 13,500 boxes to Romania mid-March.”
“These boxes have been very well received, especially the household boxes, with cleaning materials in short supply and badly needed in living conditions which make social distancing impossible,” added a spokesperson for the Rotary Shoebox Scheme.
“As the delivery to groups is still a problem in Romania, we decided to allocate another 4,600 boxes from the original delivery to the Prison Fellowship as there is still such an urgent need.”
When the lockdown is over and normal deliveries are possible, the charity intends to quickly send another delivery to redress the areas they were not able to reach in Romania and Chisinau, Moldova.