What We Do

The MANUELA RIEDO FOUNDATION IRELAND was created to raise funds for awareness and prevention of sexual crime in Ireland. The foundation honours the memory, life and legacy of Swiss student Manuela Riedo who tragically lost her life in the city of Galway in 2007. Details around projects currently and previously funded can be found on our ‘Projects we Fund’ page.

The foundation will continue to fund specially chosen programmes and initiatives to continue this work. It is wonderful that Galway city, where Manuela lost her life, has taken the lead in creating positive steps in these areas. The work of the foundation also ensures that Manuela Riedo is no longer only remembered for that terrible night in October 2007 but also for proactive, essential work in the prevention of sexual crime. You can get involved in a number of ways:


  • Organise a fundraising event
  • Volunteer
  • Donate via our secure online system

The primary focus of the Manuela Riedo Foundation Ireland is on victims and potential victims of sexual violence, especially adolescents and young adults in Ireland. The objectives of the foundation are primarily to raise money so as to provide financial assistance to established charitable and professional agencies/services in Ireland who provide practical and therapeutic support for victims of rape and sexual violence and their families. The foundation will also raise funds to those professional agencies/services in Ireland dealing with education, prevention and raising awareness of sexual assault and rape to commemorate and celebrate the life, legacy and memory of Manuela Riedo. In doing so the Foundation wishes to show solidarity with all victims of sexual violence.



Arlette and Hans Peter Riedo are patrons of the Foundation. The Manuela Riedo Foundation Ireland is a charitable body set up under the regulatory framework governing charities of the Revenue Commissioners of the Republic of Ireland, Charity Number CHY18806. The Manuela Riedo Foundation Ireland Ltd is a not for profit company set upper under guarantee, Company Registration Number 504898.