about the sunshine fund
Welcome to the Sunshine Fund website. The Sunshine Fund is a unique part of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul which provides summer holidays for children living in disadvantaged areas of Dublin.
Click on the menu above to learn more about what we do, apply to become a volunteer or make a donation.
help us deliver fun!
The Sunshine Fund provides week-long Summer holidays for children, aged 7 to 10, from disadvantaged parts of Dublin, and surrounding counties.
The Sunshine Fund owns a purpose-built holiday home a short walk from the beach in Balbriggan, North Dublin, where it has been running these holidays since 1935, helping over 100,000 young people
like to get involved?
Ways to Help
Every summer, our team of volunteers provides holidays to over 1,200 children from disadvantaged areas across the city. For all of them, it’s a chance to forget about daily living and make friends, play, sing and dance in a happy, safe and fun-filled environment.
Looking for a worthy cause? Why not enter a sponsored event, or host your own fundraising night and raise much-needed funds for the Sunshine Fund. Read more about how to fundraise for the Sunshine Fund in our Fundraising section.
We are most grateful for all contributions. We live in challenging times and we expect that the number of children in need of a holiday will increase significantly this year. Your donation will help children in Dublin to cope and have hope for the future.
Any member of a visitation conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul can nominate a child (aged 7-10) for a holiday in the Sunshine House. Other agencies, social workers or teachers/HSCL in DEIS schools are also welcome to nominate children for holidays at Sunshine House.
We need YOU !
We can’t do what we do without you. Every year, we rely on an army of volunteers just like you, to help us give our Sunshine House kids a holiday of a lifetime – can you help this year?? You’ll be glad you did!
News & Events
The Sunshine’s main fundraising activity is the Annual Advocate Appeal! This year (2022) The Advocate Collection will be taking place across the Dublin Diocese on April 9th/10th. This year...
The Sunshine’s main fundraising activity is the distribution of the Advocate newspaper. The Advocate Newspaper is available across the Dublin Diocese on Palm Sunday every year, when hundreds of...
The Sunshine Fund is a unique branch of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul which provides week-long Summer holidays for children, aged 7 to 10, from disadvantaged parts of Dublin, Meath, Wicklow...