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2007: International Elder Abuse Conference "Enough is Enough" in All Hallows College 16/10/07. (conference papers to follow when published)

2005: Conference papers "No One Has The Right…." published.

2004: Launch, in co-operation with Action Elder Abuse, of Elder Abuse Helpline.

2004: National Conference on Elder Abuse "No One Has The Right…." (link to conference papers)

2003: Good Neighbour poster campaign launched by Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern and chaired by Ronan Collins.

2001: Article published in Classmate, a schools newsletter published by Dublin City Council, highlighting ways in which young people can help their elderly neighbours.

1999: Good Neighbour Call card featuring pop group 'Bewitched' launched by President Mary McAleese.

1998: Telecom Eireann CallCard launched by President Mary McAleese to assist in increasing awareness of the Reach Out Campaign.

1997: Campaign received 20,000 temperature cards from ESB for distribution through Local Authorities, Health Boards and Voluntary Organisations throughout the country. This had a high impact in highlighting the heating needs of older people in order to avoid illness or death because of the cold.

1997: Reach Out was 1st winner of the Link-Up awards because of its success in involving so many agencies in helping older and vulnerable people who live alone.

1996-1998: National Good Neighbour Awards sponsored by Irish Life. People were asked to nominate a neighbour who had been a good Samaritan to them.

1996: Dr Connell, Archbishop of Dublin, agreed to designate the Sunday after the Reach Out public awareness launch as Reach Out Sunday where priests were asked to display the poster and to preach on the theme of looking out for the needs of vulnerable and elderly neighbours at masses.

1996: Reach Out song, composed by Michael Kelly, arranged by Fiachra Trench and Keith Donald, sung by Ronnie Drew and children from the Liberties recorded on tape and CD.

1996: Seminar report "The Reclusive Person in our Community" published.

1993-1996: Schools Competition to bring issue to attention of children and young people. At its inception it focused on national schools and, in subsequent years it focused on Youth Clubs and Secondary schools.

1995: Seminar entitled "The reclusive Person in the Community" aimed at professionals and members of Voluntary Organisations.

1995: Telephone Call card and Good Neighbour Campaign launched by President Mary Robinson.

1995: Constitution approved and Reach Out registered as a charity. (Ref CHY 11513)

1994: Evaluation of Reach Out Campaign carried out by sub group.

1993: Lord Mayor's Good Neighbour Awards.

1993: Reach Out launched nationally by then Taoiseach, Albert Reynolds.

1992: Reach Out launched on 1st Oct, International Day for Older People, following public outcry when a man was found dead in his house in Crumlin. He had been dead for 4 years and his death had gone unnoticed by neighbours and services.

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