Sunday 21 July 2019

Staff and customers of daa raise €315,000 for charities

Ken Phelan

Daa employees, supported by the company and members of the public, raised a total of €315,000 for the company's charity partners last year, with donations of €105,000 each going to the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association, LauraLynn Children's Hospice and Snowflakes for Autism.

Under daa's Charity of the Year scheme, staff raised money for the three charities through a series of events, with the company also making a significant contribution to the fund.

Members of the public also supported the scheme through collection points throughout the airport for passenger donations.

Daa Chief Executive Dalton Philips said: '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.

'The €315,000 raised last year will make a real difference to people's lives, and on behalf of our three charity partners I would like to thank staff and passengers who so generously contributed to the charity fund over the past 12 months.

'We're acutely aware that these funds have the power to transform lives for the better.'

Daa's Charity of the Year scheme is managed by staff, who also select the charities to benefit each year, and generate a significant amount of the funds through their activities.

Last year daa staff cycled, ran marathons, held book sales, wore Christmas jumpers to work, had a sponsored silence, took part in quiz nights and a host of other events.

The funds left in cash collection points throughout Dublin Airport also supported the chosen charities for the year.

LauraLynn Children's Hospice said it was 'blown away' by the size of the daa donation, while Snowflakes for Autism described the €105,000 cheque as 'transformational.'

The Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association said the generosity of daa staff and passengers was 'overwhelming.'

IMNDA Chief Executive Róisín Duffy said: 'I want to thank all the staff and management at daa and everyone who travelled through Dublin Airport for raising a remarkable €105,000 for the IMNDA.

'We are totally blown away and humbled by everyone's efforts.'

Snowflakes for Autism Fundraising Coordinator Stephen Bennett said the money raised would make a 'significant impact' on its work, and said the organisation would be 'forever grateful' to everyone in daa for all their hard work.

LauraLynn Children's Hospice Chief Executive Orla O'Brien, speaking of the donation said: 'I want to extend my gratitude to the staff and supporters of daa for their commitment and passion to their fundraising efforts over the last 12 months.

'Your donation will make such a huge difference to the families and children of LauraLynn and will enable us to continue providing our ongoing care, support and services. For that we are so grateful.'

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 has raised more than €2.6 million for a total of 24 Irish charities.

Fingal Independent