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Tuesday 29 July 2014

Top 500! Charity Haven targets Irish businesses in fundraising initiative

Campaigns aims to get top 500 Irish companies donating €500 to Haiti partnership

Ailish O'Hora

Published 05/06/2014|09:47

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From left - Haven's Leslie Buckley, Ruaidhri Gibbons - KPMG partner, Conor McDonnell - Arthur Cox, Jeff Smith - CEO Bilfinger Ireland, David Maguire of BNRG Renewables
SUPPORT: Leslie Buckley and David Cantwell with Barretstown CEO Dee Ahearn, at the launch of Snap Dragons, a unique photo collection to raise money for Haven and Barretstown. Photo: Colm Mahady
SUPPORT: Leslie Buckley and David Cantwell with Barretstown CEO Dee Ahearn, at the launch of Snap Dragons, a unique photo collection to raise money for Haven and Barretstown. Photo: Colm Mahady
Former Ireland and Munster Rugby player Ronan O'Gara who received Irish NGO Haven award for his outstanding contribution to Irish rugby from Leslie Buckley, Haven founder and Chairman of Independent News and Media at a function Haiti in the Four Seasons hotel.
Picture: Mark Condren
Former Ireland and Munster Rugby player Ronan O'Gara who received Irish NGO Haven award for his outstanding contribution to Irish rugby from Leslie Buckley, Haven founder and Chairman of Independent News and Media at a function Haiti in the Four Seasons hotel. Picture: Mark Condren

HAITI charity Haven has launched a new initiative - €500 from 500 - in a bid to raise funds for its projects including the rebuilding of communities in Ile a Vache, a small Haitian island which was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

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And the campaign aims to encourage the top 500 companies in Ireland to donate €500 to the Haven Partnership to enable the continuation of support to the people of Haiti.

The idea behind this campaign is simple, the charity said today  – it costs €500 to upgrade one home in Ile a Vache meaning that by the end of the campaign there will be 500 families with a safe and secure home.

Haven Founder and Chairman Leslie Buckley said: “It is a great testament to these Irish companies to show their generosity by getting involved in €500 from 500. 

"Each donation means so much to the people of Haiti and will have a direct impact on providing the basic conditions to build a better future in Il a Vache”.

Conor McDonnell from Arthur Cox, added: “We in Arthur Cox are proud to sponsor Haven’s €500 from 500 campaign. The impact of the campaign will make a significant difference if everyone gets involved, and I would encourage each of the top 500 to donate to this worthwhile cause.“

Haven is an Irish NGO working solely in Haiti to help build sustainable communities by focusing time and resources on three key areas of development; sanitation, shelter and education.

Since Haven’s launch in 2009, the charity has constructed, repaired and upgraded 2400 homes, facilitated the vocational training of over 66,200 Haitians and provided water and sanitation facilities to over 81,590 people.

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