Tuesday 19 June 2018

Staff at daa raise €300,000 for three very worthy charities

John Manning

Employees of daa, supported by the company and members of the public, raised a total of €300,000 for the company's charity partners last year.

MS Ireland, Merchant's Quay Ireland and My Canine Companion for Autism were each presented with a cheque for €100,000 from the daa fundraising initiative.

Staff raised the money for the three charities through a series of events and the company also makes a significant contribution to the fund. Members of the public also support the scheme through collection points throughout the airport for passenger donations.

My Canine Companion, which provides service dogs for children and young adults said it was 'blown away' by size of the daa donation, while Homeless and drug services charity Merchants Quay Ireland described the €100,000 cheque as 'transformational'. MS Ireland said the generosity of daa staff and passengers was 'overwhelming'.

daa's Charities of the Year scheme, which is one of the largest such programmes in the State, was established in 2007 and over the past decade it has raised more than €2.3 million for a total of 21 Irish charities.

'I am immensely proud of the continuing support and unwavering passion of daa staff in raising this huge sum of money for charity every year,' said daa Chief Executive Dalton Philips.

Congratulating staff on their fundraising efforts, Mr Philips said. 'We're acutely aware that these funds have the power to transform lives for the better.'

Fingal Independent