Thursday 20 July 2017

Portrait of a philanthropist: businessmen scoop awards

Mark FitzGerald, who was awarded International Philanthropist of the Year for his work with Amawele, the South African children's charity, with Tina Roche, CEO of Business in the Community, at the Community Foundation for Ireland’s annual Philanthropist of the Year awards
Mark FitzGerald, who was awarded International Philanthropist of the Year for his work with Amawele, the South African children's charity, with Tina Roche, CEO of Business in the Community, at the Community Foundation for Ireland’s annual Philanthropist of the Year awards

Edel O'Connell

ONE of the country's leading entrepreneurs and one of the world's biggest bands have been awarded for their charitable work.

Corkman and co-founder of Esat Digifone Leslie Buckley, and U2 were honoured yesterday for their philanthropic endeavours at a special ceremony in Dublin.

Mr Buckley was named 'Local Philanthropist of the Year' for his contribution to the children's cultural centre, The Ark, in Dublin.

The Ark, based in Dublin's Temple Bar, is Europe's first custom-built children's cultural centre, and is based on the principle that all children have the same cultural rights as adults.

Mr Buckley, who is a chief benefactor of the centre, also runs the charity Haven, which builds homes in Haiti.

U2, who are currently on tour in South America, were given the 'National Philanthropist of the Year Award' for their involvement with Music Generation Ireland's national music education programme.

The programme, to which the band donated €5m, aims to help children and young people access vocal and instrumental tuition in their own locality.

The annual event also saw CEO of Sherry FitzGerald, Mark FitzGerald, awarded 'International Philanthropist of the Year' for his work with a South African children's charity, Amawele, which creates partnerships between schools in Ireland and South Africa.

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