Celebrate International Day of the Family

Organizations and SchoolsFamilies and Individuals

One Family and EBS Building Society marked International Day of the Family on Saturday 15 May by inviting loads of schools, organisations and families across Ireland to hold an event to celebrate families or a Big Night In fundraiser. Thanks to those of you who did register your event with us on the website and entered a photo of your event to be in with a chance of winning €1,000 from EBS.* The competition winner will be announced shortly.

Big Night In

Join in our fundraiser and host the best night at home ever by 31 May, with friends and family joining in, all raising money for askonefamily, the national helpline for one-parent families. We want you to spend some time with your family whilst at the same time helping a good cause by asking your guests for a donation to your event, no matter how big or small. People spend huge amounts of money on a big night out, so why not raise huge amounts of money with a Big Night In?

Ideas for events to mark International Day of the Family

We want you to do something to mark what family means for your members, clients or students and to really celebrate families. See below for some ideas or check out our ‘How will you celebrate families?’ page to see what great ideas other groups have come up with:


Hold a coffee morning where people can talk casually about family issues.

Look at family histories.

Hold a formal workshop on parenting.

Organise a family outing such as a picnic, day out or trip to the zoo.

Hold a family hour at your local library. Libraries can advertise family reading hour, which would assist with literacy in the family.

Bridge the generation gap: get different generations in your community to interview each other. Ask the older generation how they grew up and experienced their family when they were children. Get the younger generation to share their love of technology with older folk.

Organise a treasure hunt in the park.


Some ideas for classes include:

Ask students to design a poster that celebrates or represents family for them.

Make a collage of students’ family photos to celebrate the reality of modern family life.

Ask students to write short essays on what family means to them.

Ask students to photograph their families and hold an exhibition.

Hold a discussion about the various meanings of family and what the word means to students.

Host a family night at your school for students and family members.

Ask students to write letters to grandparents or distant family members.

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