Tesco calls for new nominations for Community Fund Initiative
Published 02/10/2015 | 12:25
As it turns out, being big is not such a bad thing. With 149 stores, Tesco Ireland has found a way to do lots of little things that make a big difference, like supporting thousands of causes all across the country.
So far, over 3,500 local good causes have shared a donation of €1,000,000 since the launch of the Community Fund initiative last year, and Tesco is now calling for more nominations countrywide.
Over the last 12 months, customer’s blue token votes have revealed what causes matter most to their communities, with almost 300 different types of causes being put forward for the fund. These nominations per county have shown that midlands customers are “Offaly” tidy in comparison to the rest of the country backing a higher number of local Tidy Town projects within the county. The ‘home of hurling’ stayed true to its name with Tipperary shoppers backing more local GAA clubs than their neighbouring counties, but Kildare too packed a punch championing their local community Boxing Clubs.
Further south, the Cork community were quick to show their favour for their furry friends with Animal Welfare causes topping the poll, while Clare shoppers swung their votes in support of community playgrounds. Louth drummed up support for local Brass Bands while the community in Wexford rallied to give a little help to Elderly Care Services.
In the west of Ireland, Mayo customers get top marks for their support of the local community schools. Elsewhere, the ‘Crystal City’ shoppers came together to help their local Community Centres which were damaged by a fire earlier this year, with the five Tesco stores in Waterford pooling their funds to support a renovation campaign – the true meaning of community spirit!
The Donkey Sanctuary - Co. Cork
Over 258 local causes across Co. Cork share donation of €78,000 thanks to customer votes in the Tesco Community Fund.
Tesco customers across Cork have been quick to show their support for their local furry friends, voting for more Animal Welfare causes than any other county. One Cork-based community cause that was nominated for the Tesco Community Fund is The Donkey Sanctuary in Mallow, Co. Cork. An international animal welfare charity, The Donkey Sanctuary aims to protect donkeys and mules and promote their welfare worldwide. Protecting these animals isn’t easy and with the Cork sanctuary itself taking in 4,600 donkeys since opening, every little bit of help is needed.
Triona O’Mahony of The Donkey Sanctuary said: “We never turn away from a donkey in need. Our goals are ambitious but our resources are finite so we are extremely grateful to the Tesco Community Fund and local community for their donation and support. We are currently caring for almost 1,800 donkeys and have rescued over 400 already this year. We welcome visitors all year around to meet our beautiful donkeys including our oldest residents known as the ‘Super Grannies Group’. The support from our local Tesco store will help us in our continued efforts to transform the lives of neglected donkeys, like little Chaz (pictured), and we are forever grateful.”
Midlands United Powerchair Soccer - Co. Offaly
Over 72 local causes across Co. Offaly, including Midlands United Powerchair Soccer, share €24,000 Tesco Community Fund donation
Power Chair football is the first competitive team sport designed and developed specifically for power wheelchair users. The teams are made up of both male and female members of all ages who use their skill of using their wheelchair along with the speed of the chair itself in a competitive way.
Catherine Donogher from the organisation said: “We know how difficult it can be for people with disabilities to get involved in sport and we feel Powerchair brings users from the community together bringing a social and sporting aspect into their lives. Fundraising is difficult as we seem to be always asking the same small business and people for sponsorship so every little helps. The local community is so important for fundraising and this is why the Tesco Community Fund really worked for us.
Finglas First Responders - Dublin
Over 1,320 local causes across Dublin share donation of €315,000 thanks to customer votes in the Tesco Community Fund
Finglas First Responders get overwhelming response from local community in North Dublin.
Nominated twice for the fund, the Finglas First Responders are a volunteer community life saving group, providing fast response to cardiac and emergency events until an ambulance arrives. First responders are dispatched after a 999 call comes through and the HSE are notified. The Responders programme spans a 2km radius so emergency cases can be reached in eight minutes.
Bill Mullen, one of the volunteers said: “The donation from the Tesco Community Fund programme has helped us buy new training equipment like our new CPR Mannequin and Training AED; this allows us to train new Responders and to help keep our own skills up to date. We’d like to say a big thank you to Tesco and to our community for nominating and voting for us.”
Tesco customers or colleagues can still support a cause that means something to them or to their local community, be it fixing a leaky roof in the community centre or supporting running costs of a local hospice. Simply fill out a form, nominate them in-store and every 8 weeks, three local causes will be selected for the Tesco Community Fund.
Using the little blue tokens, customers can also decide which cause they would like to support by voting each time they shop. And at the end of each phase, up to €1,000 is shared proportionally between the three local causes. So make someone’s day, because every little blue token really does help. To find out more click here.