Published on January 26th, 2023 | by Alan Dwyer0
daa Staff Raise €390,000 for Irish Charities
The fundraising efforts of staff at airport operating company daa, supported by passengers at Dublin Airport, saw cheques presented today totaling €390,000 to three charities following a number of successful fundraising activities over the past three years. The three charities – St. Francis Hospice, The Mater Foundation, and Feed Our Homeless – were each presented with a cheque for €130,000 at a special ceremony at Dublin Airport on Wednesday morning. This takes the total amount raised by daa staff since 2007 to more than €3.4 million, which has been shared amongst 30 charities. The money was raised via daa’s Charity of the Year scheme, which is managed by the staff of the company. Employees select the charities that benefit each year before embarking on a wide range of fundraising activities over the course of the following twelve months.
Due to reduced passenger numbers, and an increase in the number of staff working from home as a result of Covid19 safety measures, daa staff voted unanimously to extend the fundraising activities for charity partners selected in 2020 until the end of 2022. Since 2020, daa staff raised money for the three charities through a series of events, with daa itself also making a significant contribution to the fund. Passengers and members of the public also support the scheme by donating at collection points located throughout the airport.daa’s Charities of the Year scheme is one of the largest such programmes in Ireland. Following a rigorous selection process over recent months, daa staff has voted for three new charities to support in 2023 with all money raised this year to be donated to The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Ronald McDonald House, and Cork Life Centre.
Commenting at the handover event in Dublin Airport, the daa Chief People Officer Brian Drain, “The daa team takes huge pride in the Charity of the Year initiative and we are extremely proud to be handing over such a substantial amount to our three very-deserving charities. The €390,000 raised will make a real difference to people’s lives, and on behalf of our three charity partners I would like to thank our staff and passengers who so generously contributed to the charity fund over the past three years.”
Also speaking at the ceremony after being told how much had been raised for his charity, Fintan Fagan, CEO of St Francis Hospice: “A donation of €130,000 is one of the largest ever received by the St Francis Hospice. We’re going to put this money towards building a new hospice in Raheny. We have ambitious plans to build a new single floor, 24-bed hospice which will provide extra space for patients and families. Planning permission is due to be lodged soon and we hope to be in the building in 2024.”