More than €1.5 Million Donated to 12 Irish Charities Since 2007
daa employees, supported by the company and members of the public, generated €210,000 for the company’s three Charities of The Year during the past 12 months.
Special Olympics Ireland, Jack & Jill Foundation and Cystic Fibrosis were each presented with a cheque for €70,000.
The fundraising efforts during 2014 means that daa staff have donated more than €1.5 million to 12 Irish charities over the past nine 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 continuing support and passion of daa staff in raising this massive sum of money for charity,” Mr Toland said. “Since our charity programme started12 Irish charities have received significant donations to the total value of €1.5 million over a nine year period. This truly is a phenomenal sum of money doing a lot of good for Irish charities,” he added.
Speaking at the cheque presentation Jonathan Irwin Founder & CEO of Jack & Jill said “We were delighted to be selected as one of the beneficiary charities for the daa in 2014 and the €70,000 raised for Jack & Jill will generate 4,375 hours of home nursing care for our families nationwide.”
Special Olympics Ireland CEO, Matt English said "On behalf of all Special Olympics stakeholders, I want to sincerely thank all the staff at daa for their amazing efforts. The vital funds raised helps Special Olympics to deliver on our promise to offer sporting and other development opportunities to so many people in Ireland with an intellectual disability.
“Speaking at the cheque presentation Philip Watt, Cystic Fibrosis CEO said “Cystic Fibrosis Ireland thanks the daa for their magnificent fundraising in 2014. The money raised will be put to good use to support people with CF who need a double lung transplant. The financial strain on families can be enormous and this will help ease the burden for some of those families.”
Over the course of 2014 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, books and cake sales. T
he 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 in 2015.
The Parkinson’s Association of Ireland, Temple Street and the Diabetes Unit in Our Lady’s Hospital Crumin topped the poll of charities nominated by daa staff for their 2015 charity programme.