CAI launch Christmas Toy Drive as half of adults experience back pain in the last year

The Chiropractic Association of Ireland (CAI) have announced their Christmas Toy Drive, where all contributions will be donated to the Irish Red Cross to support refugee children in Ireland. Between December 4th and December 15th, 2023, participating CAI members are pleased to offer a new toy in exchange for a New Patient Examination.

This collaborative effort not only embodies the spirit of giving during the festive season but also highlights the importance of Chiropractic care in health. Research conducted by CAI via shows that half of Irish adults (50%) have experienced back pain once a month or more often in the past year. Alarmingly, 1 in 4 Irish adults who have faced recurring back pain in the past year have not sought any form of treatment. 

This partnership between CAI and the Irish Red Cross is a testament to their shared commitment to addressing the urgent needs of refugee children in Ireland, highlighting CAI’s dedication to their core values and social responsibility. Recent data shows the profound significance of this collaboration, as the CSO lists over one third (32%) of arrivals from Ukraine to Ireland are under 18 years old. Together, these organisations are hoping to make a substantial impact in offering support to these children in a time of need. 

To participate in the toy drive, simply book an appointment with a participating CAI member, which you can find a list of at When booking an appointment please also mention your participation in the toy drive. 

Dr. Benjamin Martin, Vice President of CAI, also added:  “We are proud to partner with the Irish Red Cross on this initiative, and we hope it serves as a powerful reminder to not only ensure you are looking after yourself this Christmas, but also as a way for our patients to give back to others in need while doing so.

As an association of Chiropractors, we are concerned that 1 in 4 people in Ireland are suffering with back pain, without seeking the care that we specialise in.  We want this charity drive to help the children through the Irish Red Cross, but also to encourage the public to seek Chiropractic treatment for their back problems….no one should suffer unnecessarily.

With approximately 21,365 Ukrainian refugees under the age of 18 here in Ireland, it’s our hope that our patients and the wider community will join us in making a difference in their lives during this holiday season. “

Irish Red Cross Secretary General – Deirdre Garvey expressed their gratitude for this collaboration, stating: “We are deeply grateful for the support from the Chiropractic Association of Ireland. This joint initiative stands as proof of the kindness and compassion in our communities. Every toy collected will be a source of joy and comfort for these children at Christmas who have experienced so much hardship.”

The Chiropractic Association of Ireland (CAI) is a professional association dedicated to advancing the Chiropractic profession in Ireland. With a focus on patient well-being and community involvement, CAI promotes the benefits of Chiropractic care and fosters a sense of social responsibility among its members. By participating in this Toy Drive, you not only contribute to the welfare of refugee children but also support the profession’s commitment to enhancing health and well-being through Chiropractic care.

CAI and the Irish Red Cross encourage the community to come together, support the Toy Drive, and make a difference in the lives of refugee children this holiday season. 

Both organisations kindly request that all contributions have a minimum spend of €30 and a maximum spend of €40. Additionally, all donated toys must be unisex and newly purchased. Please be mindful to exclude action figures, toy guns, and similar items from your donations. 

For more information about the Chiropractic Association of Ireland and the Toy Drive, please visit here.

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