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Nursing homes given stunning collection of photographs through Simon Community fundraiser

Wednesday January 27, 2021

27th January 2021: Nursing homes across Ireland are receiving a stunning collection of photographs taken from the worldwide travels of Dublin-man Vincent Butler, with the circulation arising because of support for the Simon Community.

‘Sixty Photographs for Simon’ is a collection of 60 photographs that were taken from Vincent’s worldwide travels when he worked as a lecturer aboard the expedition cruise ship the National Geographic Explorer and as an expedition leader with Across the Divide, a British-based trekking company. 25 countries are represented in a broad geographical sweep in the collection of pictures, from the Arctic to the Sahara, to the Antarctic.

The book was originally published in 2018 and is now being sent to over 400 nursing homes across the country and also to schools arising from a recent fundraising initiative to support the Simon Community. In the lead up to Christmas, Vincent launched a fundraising initiative for the charity whereby every €10 donation received would result in a copy of the book being sent to a nursing home or a school. Together with friends, he raised over €12,000 and as a consequence, every nursing home in the country will receive the collection of photographs and over 800 primary and secondary schools are also being gifted it.

And he is still accepting donations, with every contribution small or large now leading to Vincent sending the book onto a new school. The initiative is supported by An Post’s freepost service for parcels being delivered into our nursing homes.

Vincent comments: “My travels provided me with an opportunity to explore some of the most diverse locations in the world and to capture different geographies, wildlife, natural history and heritage. My camera was my companion to capture these very special experiences and the book picks out the finest pictures and most memorable of these. I hope it gives people in our nursing homes and schools an insight into the different countries and cultures I was very fortunate to get to know and provokes discussion, curiosity and enjoyment. Those who contributed were supporting not just the Simon Community but also expressing solidarity with people in our nursing homes during these difficult times.

“I am delighted to report that the Irish tradition of ‘meitheal’, the coming together of a group of people to help others, is very much alive in our wonderful country. When I broached the idea for the fundraiser a close cohort of 18 friends came onboard and joined me. Together we raised €12,357 and every book we are sending has supported the Simon Community.”

Anyone wishing to donate can visit www.vincentbutlerheritage.ie where people can donate on Vincent’s Simon Community page.