Bursaries available from the Fisher Foundation for voluntary work overseas


Grants for voluntary work overseas are available from the Fisher Foundation. Much needed financial resources are provided to help organisations and volunteers who give their time to assist so many projects across the world, supporting a wide range of innovative projects which no doubt make major contributions.

Established in 2003 in memory of Bertie, Mark and Emma Fisher, the Fisher Foundation aims to make a valuable contribution to two key themes: motorsport safety initiatives and supporting local people volunteering overseas. The Foundation’s work is firmly based on Bertie and Mark’s love of rallying and safety in the sport and Emma’s commitment to voluntary work overseas by supporting those involved in these areas today. To date well over £300,000 has been distributed to support these two themes.


Jenna Wheeler volunteering in Uganda


Over the years nearly 500 volunteers from Fermanagh have volunteered overseas with support from the Foundation towards their travel and other costs. These grants have made a significant contribution to these volunteers and their endeavours, helping change the lives of people and communities in developing countries across the world and also contributing towards the personal development of the volunteers themselves.

One recent recipient Jenna Wheeler from Maguiresbridge travelled to Uganda last summer. As part of the group ‘Girls Life Ministries’ Jenna carried out various projects including providing sanitary products so young girls won’t miss out on their education due to periods. Providing meals for those living on the streets and supplying textbooks for schools and other essentials. Growing up Jenna has always been inspired to help others. Having been through two successful brain surgeries and now living a normal life, this was the opportunity to give something back. “I will never forget the rewarding experience you enabled me to have in the pearl of Africa, as well as all the children I could help because of you. For that I am truly grateful.”

Another recent recipient Pat Maguire travelled to Cape Town in November to volunteer with Mellon Educate’s ‘Building Blitz’. Undertaking much needed work at Primary Schools constructing classrooms, a literacy hub, a kitchen and playground. Not only did the team give 2,310 children the chance of a better brighter future but they also took home with them a remarkable achievement.


Pat Maguire volunteering in Cape Town


Ernie Fisher, Chairman of the Fisher Foundation said, “We’re very much looking forward to supporting even more organisations and individuals in their voluntary work overseas. With our overall aim of providing much needed financial resources to help those who give their time to assist projects across the world, we are delighted to be in a position to support such excellent work taking place. Yet again we see another example of Fermanagh’s rich culture of giving and volunteering to help those less fortunate.”

Closing date for applications 28th February 2024. For more info or to apply CLICK HERE



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