Sunday 22 September 2019

Ballymurn NS and local charity benefit from Aldi donations

Brendan Keane

Wexford MarineWatch and a school in Ballymurn have received donations from the staff in two Aldi stores located in the county.

The money was part of a nationwide allocation of funding to local charities as part of the retail chain's Community Grants programme.

A €500 grant was presented to Wexford MarineWatch representatives, Angela Walsh, Bernadette Doyle, Mary Walshe, and Jim Delaney, by Aldi Enniscorthy's community champion, Jemmie Shoyeju.

The Aldi Enniscorthy store manager, Aaron Corish, commented on the allocation to this newspaper and said everyone at the store was 'proud to have chosen Wexford MarineWatch to support'.

'It's a great cause and their work to help prevent suicide in the Wexford harbour and bridge area makes a huge difference to Wexford,' he said.

'We are delighted to be able to make this contribution,' he added.

The Aldi store located in Trinity Street, Wexford, gave its €500 allocation under the grant scheme to Scoil Chroí Ró Naofa in Ballymurn.

The grant was presented to Leanna Redmond and pupils from the school by the Trinity Street store's community champion, James Still.

The staff in Aldi stores can choose their own charity each year for the grants and some of the staff members in the Wexford store are from the Ballymurn area and suggested the money be given to the local school.

The store manager there, Martina Dempsey, said the staff in Trinity Street were delighted to give it their support.

'It's a great cause, providing a safe and happy environment for children's learning,' she said.

Aldi's Community Grants programme is aimed at helping and funding local charities and organisations that contribute vital work and services in their local communities.

The programme has contributed over €250,000 to over 340 different local projects since 2016.

Through Aldi's partnership with FoodCloud its stores in county Wexford have donated over 52,200 meals to local charities to-date.

The retail chain has also been Foróige's lead sponsor since 2015.

The company recently increased its support for small Irish suppliers by reducing its payment terms to 14 days for those who transact up to €300k annually with the company.

The staff in the New Ross Aldi store also donated their community grant money to Cottage Autism Network for its countywide support work.

Enniscorthy Guardian