60,000 reasons to celebrate!
It’s our 60th birthday this year and one of the ways we’re celebrating is giving €60,000 back to our local communities. We asked our network of retailers to nominate three national charities to benefit from the donation, they selected Pieta House, the Irish Hospice Foundation and Temple Street Children’s University Hospital. Throughout the months of May, June and July, we asked you to vote for your chosen charity in your local Londis stores nationwide. This vote decided how the €60,000 was shared between our charity partners. A further €20,000 was raised through national and regional radio promotions and a coffee and cupcake morning in Londis stores nationwide. This brings the total amount shared by the three charities to over €80,000.
We are delighted to tell you that, with your help, we have been able to fund a state of the art operating table for sick children, more suicide and self-harm crisis centres and a hospice nurses outreach programme.
The charities were presented with the funds at our 60th Anniversary Banquet in October. Our Chief Executive, Stephen O’Riordan said “It is a privilege to stand here and present these charities with the funds raised through our network of stores. The work that these charities undertake on a daily basis impacts communities around the country in many ways. Community is a theme which resonates with us all and as a group of retailers we’re proud to play our part to help support our local communities to be better, more prosperous places for everyone.”
CEO of the Irish Hospice Foundation, Sharon Foley, told us “The Irish Hospice Foundation receives no core funding from the State and we depend on the support of companies like Londis to allow us continue to work towards achieving a better end of life for all in Ireland.”
Denise Fitzgerald, CEO Fundraising, Temple Street Children’s University Hospital, said: “We were absolutely delighted to be part of this unique initiative that inspired customers and retailers right across the country. Our one important goal is to help save the lives of critically ill children in Ireland, now and for generations to come. These vital funds raised by Londis retailers and customers are a lifeline for so many of our little patients”
Pieta House Chief Executive, Joan Freeman, said: “It’s wonderful to see Londis doing something so positive to celebrate 60 years in business and we’re delighted to have been chosen by the public as one of the charities to benefit from this campaign”