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60 Zurich staff go that extra mile for Jack & Jill

'issued by the Jack and Jill Children's Foundation'


 Today it certainly wasn’t business as usual for over sixty employees from Zurich who togged out as part of their training regime for the Spar Great Ireland Run 2012 on Sunday April 15th in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. The energetic crew from Zurich were an orange sea of Jack & Jill t-shirts as they met CEO and Founder of Jack & Jill, Jonathan Irwin. Jack & Jill along with the Marie Keating Foundation are the two chosen charities for the main run in the Phoenix Park.
Ken Norgrove CEO, Zurich General Insurance wished them well, saying, "I am delighted that over 60 Zurich employees have decided to do Great Ireland Run in aid of Jack and Jill and I would like to wish them all the best of luck. Being a good corporate citizen is very important to Zurich. Making a positive difference to the Jack and Jill families reinforces our promise to deliver when it matters most to our community partners."


Among the Zurich crew is Paul Dolan from Sallins Co. Kildare whose son James receives support from the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation. According to Paul, “It’s hard to quantify just what Jack & Jill means to us and what a support they are to our son James and to the rest of the family.  We’re convinced that a big part of James’ progress is due to his contact with our Jack & Jill nurse and that’s priceless."


The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation was set up in 1997 by Jonathan Irwin and his wife Senator MaryAnn O’Brien (MD of Lily O’Brien’s Chocolates) to provide home nursing care to young children in Ireland who have developmental delay as a result of brain damage.  They decided to set up Jack & Jill based on their own experience with their son Jack and from their experience evolved the Jack & Jill model of home nursing and respite care that supports nearly 300 families in Ireland today and has helped 1,500 families since 1997. 



The service includes home visits, advice, information, funding, lobbying and bereavement support.  Jack & Jill requires €2.7 million per annum to operate this service and, with less than 20% coming from the State, the Foundation raises the money it needs through mobile phone recycling, public donations and fundraisers like this.  To find out more please log on to


Further info: Jonathan Irwin 087 2558451 / 045 894538 or Carmel Doyle 087 2473537