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Monday 22 September 2014

Tesco fund to help charities

Published 02/08/2014 | 00:00

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At the launch of the Tesco Community Fund is broadcaster Kathryn Thomas with Shane Mangan of Tesco Drogheda, Philip Conlon of Tesco Drogheda, Mal Blackburn of Tesco Longwalk and Gary Redmond of Tesco Dundalk.

TESCO Dundalk stores have confirmed six local charities will benefit through the supermarket giant's 'Community Fund'.

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Both Tesco Longwalk and Tesco (Hill Street Bridge) are set to make donations to a range of worthy local causes.

RTE presenter Kathryn Thomas met with the store managers from Louth recently to support the launch of the initiative and is calling on all local good causes in Louth to get involved.

The programme works in that every six weeks, each Tesco store in Louth will donate up to €1,000 (€500 in smaller stores) between three local good causes in its local community. Customers will decide how the funding is shared by voting for their preferred cause in store.

Every time customers shop in any Tesco store in Louth, they will receive a token of goodwill to place in the donation box of the local good cause they would most like to support.

Every six weeks, the number of tokens is counted and up to €1,000 is distributed proportionally between three local good causes. The more tokens a local good cause gets, the larger share of the donation they will receive!

Tesco stores across Louth are today calling on customers, local good causes, schools and charities from across the county that could benefit from donations to get involved by completing a nomination form in their local Tesco store.

Brian Farrell, store manager, Tesco Longwalk, said: 'Our stores in Louth are at the heart of hundreds of communities across Ireland and, as a company, we really want to positively contribute to each community in which we operate.

'We are delighted that through our Tesco Community Fund we will be donating up to €1,000 every six weeks between three local good causes in Louth and that our customers will have a say in how the funding is shared.'

Tesco store managers will be issuing an information pack to all nominated good causes to inform them about how the Tesco Community Fund works. It will also include helpful tips on how local good causes can maximise the promotional opportunity in-store to help generate awareness of their local good cause.

After the first six-week public vote, Tesco (Hill Street Bridge) will donate to the following charities: Order of Malta, Dundalk Red Cross and Dundalk Dog Rescue.

Meanwhile, Dundalk Longwalk have voted to support SoSad, Turas Counselling and Oakdene Counselling.

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