Tesco Ireland to donate €150,000 with three donations of €50,000 to ALONE, Age Action and Family Carers Ireland , separately, a €120,000 donation to be made available to over 453 community-based local causes via store-based Community Fund
Thursday 26th March 2020: Tesco Ireland has today announced that it will make a series of special donations to local and national organisations through its ongoing Community Fund to help the country’s most vulnerable people during the Covid-19 pandemic.
As part of the Community Fund, three special donations of €50,000 each will be made to ALONE, Age Action and Family Carers Ireland to support their efforts in helping the elderly, family carers and those most vulnerable members of our communities across the country.
A further €120,000 is being made available in support of hundreds of local good causes based in communities throughout Ireland. The 453 community-based projects who work with the elderly, local carers, disability services and health groups such as cancer services will be identified by each local Tesco store community. In a change to the Community Fund cycle, there will be no blue token votes from customers and these causes will receive an even share of the donation as soon as possible.
Launching the donations, Kari Daniels, CEO, Tesco Ireland said, “It is more important than ever that we do everything we can to support those who are working tirelessly to help the most vulnerable members of our local communities. Since 2014, the Tesco Community Fund has enabled us to support local communities across the country and we recognise the immediate need to extend that support further today and, in the weeks, ahead. In the spirit of every little helps, we hope that this support will help to provide vital resources to those who need it most right now.”
Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring T.D. commented “In the past number of weeks, communities throughout the country have rallied in support of those who are most vulnerable in this crisis. Everyone has a role to play, and it is heartening to see prominent retailers such as Tesco supporting the community response effort. We are reaching out to those who are most isolated through our extensive network of community and voluntary groups and this support is most welcome.”
Paddy Connolly, CEO Age Action said, ‘Age Action’s partnership with Tesco Ireland meant that they were quick to respond with supports for older people as they understood the situation. Age Action is very appreciative of the donation from Tesco Ireland which is helping us to respond to the COVID-19 emergency by reallocating and scaling up resources to ensure that older people are informed, connected and supported during this difficult period in Ireland. This donation supports us to provide additional information resources, practical supports in local communities and also our Call Safe and Home Safe Services which launched this week,”