Saturday 18 November 2017

Irish charities welcome donations of over €200,000 from daa

Special Olympics Ireland, Jack & Jill Foundation and Cystic Fibrosis each presented with €70,000 cheque

daa’s Charity Committee celebrating the €1.5 million milestone donated to 12 Irish charities since 2007
daa’s Charity Committee celebrating the €1.5 million milestone donated to 12 Irish charities since 2007
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Three Irish charities received much needed donations of over €200,000 last year through the fundraising efforts of daa employees

Special Olympics Ireland, Jack & Jill Foundation and Cystic Fibrosis - daa's 'Charities of The Year' - were each presented with a cheque for €70,000 after staff raised €210,000 over the last twelve months.

Throughout 2014, employees at the airport management company got involved in events including a 100/50k cycle, the Women’s Mini Marathon and a 5k road race at Dublin Airport.

Other fundraising fixtures ranged from cake and book sales to a parachute jump.

daa’s Charity Committee celebrating the €1.5 million milestone donated to 12 Irish charities since 2007
daa’s Charity Committee celebrating the €1.5 million milestone donated to 12 Irish charities since 2007

“We were delighted to be selected as one of the beneficiary charities for the daa in 2014 and the €70,000 raised for Jack & Jill will generate 4,375 hours of home nursing care for our families nationwide,” Founder & CEO of Jack & Jill Jonathan Irwin said at the cheque presentation.

“The money raised will be put to good use to support people with CF who need a double lung transplant," added Philip Watt, Cystic Fibrosis CEO.

"The financial strain on families can be enormous and this will help ease the burden for some of those families.”

Special Olympics Ireland CEO, Matt English also voiced his gratitude on behalf of all Special Olympics stakeholders.

"The vital funds raised helps Special Olympics to deliver on our promise to offer sporting and other development opportunities to so many people in Ireland with an intellectual disability," he said.

To date, daa staff have now donated more than €1.5m to 12 Irish charities since 2007.

Chief Executive Kevin Toland said the money raised will make a real difference to people’s lives.

“I am immensely proud of the continuing support and passion of daa staff in raising this massive sum of money for charity,” Mr Toland said.

“This truly is a phenomenal sum of money doing a lot of good for Irish charities,” he added.

Topping the poll of charities nominated by daa staff for their 2015 charity programme are The Parkinson’s Association of Ireland, Temple Street and the Diabetes Unit in Our Lady’s Hospital Crumin.

Coin donations made by visitors to Dublin Airport using the many charity coin boxes throughout Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 will greatly help their cause.

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