Long standing Simon Community supporter, Vincent Butler, produced a book of photography last year called ‘Sixty Photographs for Simon’. The book contains a compilation of 60 stunning photographs that Vincent has taken during his long career as an expert historian and guide, on cruises and expeditions across the world encompassing the Arctic, Scandinavia, Europe, Africa, South America, Antarctica and Asia.

Vincent secured sponsorship for all costs associated with the project, which means that 100% of funds generated through sales of the book will directly benefit the Simon Communities of Ireland. To date, he has raised over €41,000 and has gifted €14,000 of this to Galway Simon to fund the annual cost of our Client Involvement & Wellness Programme.

Last week, at an event that was organised in celebration of the incredible effort he has devoted to the project to date, Vincent and his wife Lyndy met with some clients, volunteers, and staff members involved in the programme.

Sixty Photographs for Simon by Vincent Butler
Sixty Photographs for Simon by Vincent Butler
Sixty Photographs for Simon by Vincent Butler

Funds raised through this book will make a life changing difference for those who are most vulnerable in our community. By funding Galway Simon’s Client Involvement & Wellness Programme, Vincent is enabling us to support clients in establishing a routine that incorporates self- care, productivity and leisure, which in turn allows them to develop skills, integrate well within the community and to live independently. For this, we are extremely grateful.

This stunning collection of photographs is the perfect gift for someone this Christmas. Priced at €20, it is available to purchase online here and in selected nationwide bookshops including Charlie Byrnes on Middle Street. We will also be stocking the book at our Christmas Market stall in Eyre Square from this coming Friday 29th November through to Thursday 5th December.