Christmas in July - virtually

Jul 30, 2020

Christmas in July is a staple in the calendar of Chartered Accountants Ireland. Each (as-close-as-possible-to) 25 July, Pearse Street is decorated with tinsel, trees and tat, the background music becomes Bing Crosby and lunch becomes mince pies. The atmosphere is always great, with the main goal being to fundraise, with staff, students and visitors always generously giving to the cause for which a box is shaken at them. St Vincent de Paul is usually our charity of choice. As an organisation supporting families, Christmas is a huge focus of their resources and their efforts to meet needs start well before December.

NEWS BODY - 2020 Christmas in July 1-min

This year, we couldn't let July roll by without marking the occasion. We set up a team of elves to create a fundraising page, meaning the box shaking was virtual but no less lucrative. Our activities did have to go online and we improvised to make the connections with colleagues we miss now at home. A benefit to holding the event online was that we got to hold it with our colleagues in Northern Ireland, making it our first all-island Christmas in July.

NEWS BODY - 2020 Christmas in July 2-min

Christmas in COVID-19-July was celebrated by "Kris Kindle with a twist", when staff were matched by wizardry with a colleague to post a Christmas card to. It cheered us up no end to get a glitter-filled envelope by post with festive cheer. We held an online coffee morning, when about 20 staff dropped in for a chat over coffee and mince (well, apple) pie. The Christmas jumpers were on and decorations or virtual backgrounds looked super. We shared recipes and tips for Christmas crafts, treats and even a Mexican punch.

We hope that the real winners are St Vincent de Paul. Because we are an all-island body, we are particularly happy to raise funds for an all-island charity and hope our members, staff and their communities will benefit from our efforts. We certainly enjoyed the day. 

The fundraising page is still open, and at time of writing, we have almost (ahem!) doubled our target of €500, so if anyone else wishes to contribute, we all love numbers with lots of zeros!