Tuesday 31 May 2016

daa raises €240,000 for three Irish charities in 2015

Published 08/02/2016 | 12:06

Celebrating €240k raised by daa staff last year are (LtoR) daa Charity Chairperson Siobhán O’Donnell; Helen Biddy, Temple Street; Tom Walsh Diabetes Unit, Crumlin Children’s Hospital, daa Charity Secretary, Brendan Lavin, Airport Police.
Celebrating €240k raised by daa staff last year are (LtoR) daa Charity Chairperson Siobhán O’Donnell; Helen Biddy, Temple Street; Tom Walsh Diabetes Unit, Crumlin Children’s Hospital, daa Charity Secretary, Brendan Lavin, Airport Police.

Staff at the daa raised €240,000 for the firm’s three charities of the year in 2015.

Temple Street Children’s Hospital, Parkinson’s Association of Ireland, and the Diabetes Unit in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, were each presented with a  cheque for €80,000.

The airport authority’s fundraising efforts in 2015 brings its total donations by staff over the last nine years up to €1.7m.

Chief executive at daa, Kevin Toland, said the money raised will make a significant difference to people’s lives.

“I am immensely proud of the continuing support and passion of daa staff in raising this massive sum of money for charity.

“Since our charity programme started 15 Irish charities have received significant donations to the total value of €1.7 million over a nine year period. This truly is a phenomenal sum of money doing a lot of good for Irish charities,” Mr Toland said.

Over the course of the year daa staff conducted fundraising cycles, mini marathons, a parachute jump, as well as much more.

The daa says that the amount of money raised was helped by donations made in charity boxes donated around Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.

Temple Street Foundation chief executive, Denise Fitzgerald expressed the organisation’s appreciation for the daa’s efforts.

“These funds will help build our much-needed new Neurology & Renal Outpatients Unit and will go a long way in helping sick kids in Ireland. Thank you to everyone for your kindness and support.”

Walk for Diabetes chairperson, Tom Walsh said: “I want to thank most sincerely all the staff in Daa, the management and the travelling public for their overwhelming achievement in raising €80,000 for each of three charities during 2015.”

Parkinson’s Association of Ireland CEO, Paula Gilmore said: “This enables us to continue the vital services offered by the Parkinson’s Association, including a Nurse call back service. We are overwhelmed with the generosity and support we have received from the Daa. They ask so little and give so much.”

The Daa has announced Aoibheann’s Pink Tie, Childline, and ARC Support Centre as its three charities of 2016.

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