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Thursday 23 May 2019

Spar hand over half a million to CFI charity

Philip Watt, CEO Cystic Fibrosis Ireland, Helen Somerville, SPAR Marketing Manager, Ger Farrelly, SPAR Retailer, Fergal Smyth, Fundraising Manager, Cystic Fibrosis Ireland pictured at the cheque handover to CFI Ireland on behalf of SPAR Retailers
Philip Watt, CEO Cystic Fibrosis Ireland, Helen Somerville, SPAR Marketing Manager, Ger Farrelly, SPAR Retailer, Fergal Smyth, Fundraising Manager, Cystic Fibrosis Ireland pictured at the cheque handover to CFI Ireland on behalf of SPAR Retailers

Ahead of this year's annual fundraiser, 65 Roses Day, in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland, SPAR retailers recently handed over a whopping €564,547 donation to the charity for monies raised over the term of its two-year official partnership.

And, with participating SPAR stores right around Ireland set to support Cystic Fibrosis Ireland's annual Flag Day again this year by selling the iconic Purple Roses in store last Friday, it is certain that SPAR will be making another sizeable contribution to the charity in the coming months.

The annual fundraising flag day - which derives its name from the way in which young children often first say the words "cystic fibrosis" - seeks to raise much-needed funds for CF services and the Purple Roses will be on sale for €2 in SPAR stores throughout the country. SPAR will also be offering customers the option to add 65c to all purchases in participating stores from Friday 12th April to Sunday 14th April.

As well as supporting the annual flag day, SPAR retailers were also proffering support to Bevin Murphy on her quest to raise awareness for the disease and the 65 Roses campaign.

Bevin, who has Cystic Fibrosis, is taking on a challenge of walking or running for 65 minutes in a different county around Ireland each day during the month of April.

Each day, Bevin will begin or end her walk/run at a SPAR store and people can follow her journey on SPAR's social media platforms.

According to Colin Donnelly, SPAR Sales Director: 'SPAR is proud to support Cystic Fibrosis Ireland's annual Flag Day by selling the iconic purple roses across our estate and we hope that our support will continue to help improve the quality of the lives of those living with cystic fibrosis in Ireland.

'Over the lifetime of our support of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland, aside from supporting the annual flag day, we have charity boxes in stores, make regular donations from the sale of our SPAR Own brand products and have been involved in a number of fundraising events to raise as much funds as possible for CFI.'

The funds raised by SPAR are used to support independent living for those with cystic fibrosis. This includes providing support for the challenges faced by people with cystic fibrosis as they seek to live independent lives for the first time.

They face many challenges in areas such as education, health, housing, employment and family support.

Cystic Fibrosis Ireland (CFI) is a voluntary organisation that was set up in 1963 to improve treatment and facilities for people with cystic fibrosis in Ireland.

CFI seek to provide the best possible quality of life for people with cystic fibrosis by raising funds through fundraising and donations from the public.

Fingal Independent

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