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Tuesday 23 July 2019

Local charities gain from Tesco

Customers asked to nominate charities for Tesco community fund

Puppy Power! The Louth Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Louth SPCA) is just one of the local charities which has benefitted from the €1000 Tesco Community Fund.
Puppy Power! The Louth Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Louth SPCA) is just one of the local charities which has benefitted from the €1000 Tesco Community Fund.

Margaret Roddy

The Louth Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Louth SPCA) is just one of the local charities which has benefitted from the €1000 Tesco Community Fund.

Louth SPCA was nominated by customers alongside Post Polio Support Group and Dundalk Men's Sheds, each of which received their share of the fund following a six week voting period during which customers expressed their preference for a local charity by using blue coins which they receive when doing their shopping.

Louth SPCA has been in existence for over 50 years and works to prevent cruelty to animals, to promote animal welfare and to proactively relieve animal suffering in the Louth region.

Fiona Squibb from Louth SPCA said: 'Applying for the Tesco Community Fund was such a good idea. We managed to raise not just funds for Louth SPCA, but also awareness. The funds received helped us continue to provide a high standard of care for the animals and also rehome unwanted animals. It was also a great boost for us to witness the public getting behind us and vote for our organisation.'

In the most recent six-weekly donation from the Tesco Community Fund, €3,500 has been donated to twelve causes across Louth.

Eoin Killoran, Store Manager at Tesco Dundalk added: 'Since the launch of Tesco Community Fund there has been a real surge in our engagement with the local community, and our customers are glad to see that small local organisations and charities are being recognised and receiving donations. A recent example is Louth SPCA who recently received a donation from the Tesco Community Fund to help with the vast costs involved with running a voluntary organisation. Many of our customers are dog lovers and were over the moon to be part of the voting process.'

Every six weeks, three new community causes are nominated in each Tesco store right across Ireland.

Customers receive a blue token at the checkout each time they shop in their local Tesco store.They then use that blue token to vote for the local cause they would most like to receive a share of the fund. At the end of each six weeks, the tokens are counted and up to €1,000 is shared proportionally.

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