January 29 2014
DAA employees at Dublin and Cork airports, supported by the company and members of the public, generated €200,000 for the company’s three Charities of The Year during the past 12 months.
The fundraising efforts during 2013 means that DAA staff have donated more than €1.3 million to nine Irish charities over the past seven years.
Celebrating the achievement, DAA Chief Executive Kevin Toland said the money raised will make a real difference to people’s lives. “I am immensely proud of the commitment, drive and passion of DAA staff in raising this massive sum of money for charity,” Mr Toland said. “To me, it’s an example of what we can do when we come together in one purpose, with everyone working together and pushing in the same direction,” he added.
Bee for Battens Chief Executive, Tony Heffernan said the cheque from DAA was the largest single donation that the charity has ever received. “I’m delighted and overwhelmed with the efforts of DAA staff over the past 12 months on behalf of Bee for Battens. It has been personally humbling to have been involved with so many events and actively engaging with the DAA staff and their families. I will personally ensure that every cent will provide support and hope for those affected by Batten Disease in Ireland."
Make-A-Wish Ireland Chief Executive Susan O’Dwyer, said she was delighted with the successful partnership created with DAA throughout 2013. “The funds raised by DAA staff will go a long way to granting the wishes of children living with life-threatening illnesses,” Ms. O’Dwyer said.
Down Syndrome Ireland Chief Executive Pat Clarke said he was “thrilled with the DAA donation, which will help significantly with the services and support provided by Down Syndrome Ireland."
During 2013, a wide variety of events took place with DAA employees, families and friends getting involved to support the three charities. Events included: 100/50k cycle; Women’s Mini Marathon; a 5k road race at Dublin Airport; a parachute jump; a charity row; marathons, an Ironman event, books, Christmas carol singing and cake sales.
The amount of money raised is greatly helped by the coin donations made by visitors to Dublin Airport using the many charity coin boxes throughout Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.
This year, three more Irish charities will get a slice of the fundraising pot from activities organised by DAA staff. The Jack & Jill Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Ireland and Special Olympics Ireland topped the poll of charities nominated by DAA staff for their 2014 charity programme.
Pictured above: Jonathan Irwin, CEO Jack & Jill Foundation; Matt English, CEO Special Olympics Ireland; Siobhán O’Donnell, Chairperson DAA Charity Committee, and Philip Watt, CEO Cystic Fibrosis Ireland, celebrate the launch of the DAA Charity of The Year 2014 programme
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