Water alert team donates free lunch offer to charity
A social media alert service that last month helped thousands of householders protect their homes against flooding has donated an offer of a free lunch it received as a thank you to an Irish charity.
Cork Flood Alert (CFA), set up in February 2014, played such a crucial role in using social media as a warning network over the past five weeks that traders wanted to show their appreciation.
CFA now has more than 53,000 social media users - and is referenced by thousands of traders and home-owners for real-time daily updates on local flood issues.
The site also helped deliver some of the most striking images of the floods which devastated Cork towns including Midleton, Bandon, Glanmire and others.
Pizzeria San Marco in Midleton, the east Cork town hit by floods five feet deep on December 29/30, was so grateful it promised the entire CFA team a free lunch.
But CFA administrator James Scanlan said they felt there were more deserving recipients for the generous offer of the lasagne and pasta feast.
"We spoke about it and made a group decision we would much prefer to donate their very generous offer to the charity Cork Penny Dinners. They do such great work," he explained.
Cork Penny Dinners director Catriona Twomey said the charity was deeply moved by the scale of support it had enjoyed over Christmas and the New Year.
Founded in 1841 to help feed the poor of Cork, the charity has seen its workload soar over the past eight years.