By Elizabeth Lee
TESCO Ireland is to donate €1,500 to five health-related community groups across the county, including Carlow District Hospital, Order of Malta, Carlow and the Fairgreen Development Association Difibrillator Fund. In Tullow, the beneficiaries are the local men’s shed and Tullow Youth Services.
The contributions are the first in 2021 of Tesco’s Community Fund, which aims to provide financial support to local groups across the country.
Now entering its seventh year, the community fund campaign continues to provide vital support to groups in Carlow and across the entire country. Nationally, the latest contributions have meant that Tesco has reached an incredible €5 million in donations to community groups and local causes across Ireland since its inception.
Speaking about the fundraising milestone, Tesco Ireland’s communications director Rosemary Garth said: “We’re incredibly proud to have helped over 200 community projects across Carlow over the last six years. We know how important community fund donations are to local organisations, from purchasing sports kits, enabling senior citizen supports and helping to maintain their premises to supporting them to buy much-needed equipment at local level. It’s humbling that we can continue to support the outstanding work carried out, helping those who need it in our communities.
As Covid-19 continues to be a challenge for the whole country, it’s only right that the first round of this year’s fund should be donated to health-related causes nationwide. We hope that these donations will go some way to relieving the pressure they are under during this extraordinary time.”
Additionally, as part of its food surplus redistribution programme, Tesco has also worked to support FoodCloud Hubs with more than €100,000 worth of longer-life non-perishable food to support community food services.
Tesco stores nationwide donate to national and local community-based organisations, including schools, animal shelters, sports groups, elderly care centres, health organisations and many more.
Anyone can nominate a community group or good cause via the Tesco website https://bit.ly/2N6rmXB*
Every eight weeks, three causes are chosen in every Tesco store across Ireland, sharing up to €1,000 equally.