Head of Fundraising and Communications
Julie Harris has worked in the charity sector in Ireland for over fifteen years and has always been driven to help to improve the lives of those that are less fortunate than others be it at home in Ireland or overseas.
Julie is an Honours Arts graduate of University College Cork where she studied English Literature and Psychology. Having worked in Film and TV production for over five years Julie went on to begin her charity career in 2001 with Ireland’s biggest charity Concern where she worked as the Schools Speaker throughout the country. She was promoted to run the Concern flagship nationwide campaign The FAST which had an annual income of over €1.5 million. Julie moved on to the role of Community Fundraiser with The Irish Cancer Society co-ordinating Daffodil Day, The Pink Ribbon Campaign, Church gates, the Cork Mini-Marathon and multiple community events (some of which were among the biggest in the country) in the Munster area.
In 2009 Julie came to work at The Mercy Hospital Foundation which was just beginning to find its place among charities in Munster. She began as the Community Fundraiser with The Mercy Foundation. Julie now heads up the fundraising team ensuring that all staff work efficiently and in line with best fundraising practices at all times. Julie’s many years of experience with some of Ireland’s best known charities enables The Mercy Foundation to adhere to the very highest standards of work practices.
When not at work Julie loves to spend time with her husband Tom and two young boys on days out to the beach and woods near their home in Bandon. When her busy schedule permits Julie enjoys working in the garden, listening to music and catching up with friends and family.
“It has been exciting to see the team at The Mercy Foundation grow and we are so grateful to all those that have run events, shaken a bucket or signed up for a direct debit. It has been fantastic to walk over to the Hospital and see the brand new state-of-the-art CT scanners which were purchased from funds raised by the public and local companies through campaigns and appeals run by The Foundation.
We are also delighted to have been able to fund numerous upgrades to wards such as The Children’s Ward and St. Therese’s Oncology Ward so the patients at The Mercy can get the very best treatment and care. None of this is possible without the work of the public and the dedicated team of fundraisers here at The Foundation. I am so proud of our fundraisers who each work tirelessly to help our patients and their families have the very best facilities.”
You can contact Julie at 021 4223133.