Avoca Charity Partnership with The Gavin Glynn Foundation, 2023

Avoca is very proud to work with Wicklow-based charity The Gavin Glynn Foundation, our 2023 charity partner. The foundation helps families of children battling cancer travel overseas for treatment not available in Ireland. The organisation believes that all children with cancer deserve the best care, wherever in the world that might be.

The Gavin Glynn Foundation was established when 18-month old Gavin Glynn was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. After extensive chemotherapy treatment here in Ireland, Gavin had to be taken to Switzerland where they specialise in the treatment of young children and the precision radiation treatment he needed.

The Glynn family moved to Switzerland for over two months, and family and friends raised over €16,000 to cover the cost of the travel and treatment for Gavin.

Tragically, after heroically battling cancer for over two years Gavin passed away in 2014 at the very young age of four. He went through several rounds of treatment and tests in Ireland, Switzerland, Holland, and the United States. The Glynn family set up the foundation in his name to help other families of children with cancer and to encourage them to never give up hope.

We are immensely proud to support this incredible cause and to raise money and awareness in order to help families of children with cancer have access to the very best care across the world.

John Glynn, the father and founder of The Gavin Glynn Foundation has a bit to share in this little video. 

Conscious Gifting

Our in-house design team has created a beautiful candle as an exclusive charity product, with the entirety of the proceeds going directly to the Gavin Glynn Foundation.

The candle is extra-large in size with a double wick and is delicately scented with sandalwood. Featuring a meaningful quote: 

My love goes as far
as the moon & back,
It shines like a star in the sky so black.
More precious than the planets in a galaxy,
That is what you are to me.

The candle is available to buy in-store & online for €29.95, with all proceeds being donated to The Gavin Glynn Foundation.

A perfect gift this Christmas for a friend, colleague, or family member. We hope this candle will help to shine a light on a very worthy cause. 

We are very happy to share that customers can also donate whatever they can to this wonderful charity at till points in any of our stores.

Ross’s journey to culinary excellence began on his uncle’s farm in Bishopstown, Co.Cork. His desire to be a chef is rooted in this early experience of the connections between land and food. As a student and in the subsequent years, Ross worked in restaurants in the U.S, London and Switzerland. He returned to Ireland at 24, and for 3 years he worked as Head Chef at the legendary Old Dublin Restaurant. Ross then went on to establish the renowned Chapter One restaurant with Martin Corbett in 1993, and held a Michelin star from 2007 until 2001. Chapter One has won countless awards including Best Restaurant in Ireland (eight times, most recently in 2017), and Best Chef of the Year (2009, 2010, 2012, 2017, Food & Wine Magazine). He remains co-owner and also owns a sister restaurant, Osteria Lucio, in Dublin.

On the evening, guests will enjoy a carefully curated 6 course tasting menu, planned around the incredible Wicklow produce we have on our doorstep, as well as a selection of locally produced Wicklow Way Wines available on the evening. Dinner will be from 7pm, with guests welcome to arrive from 6pm to avail of private discounted shopping in our retail store, as well as complimentary bubbles on arrival.
Tickets are €89.95 and are available to buy via the link below. We hope you’ll join us for what promises to be a very special evening!

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