DAA employees, supported by the company and members of the public, have raised €2m for 18 Irish charities in the past 10 years – and €300,000 in 2016 alone, the company has announced.
Its Charities of the Year scheme is one of the largest in the State, with fundraising events by staff, a DAA contribution and cash collection points throughout Dublin Airport for passenger donations.
“We’re celebrating 10 years of the DAA Charity of the Year scheme and during that period an incredible €2m has been raised for a huge range of worthy causes,” said DAA Chief Executive Kevin Toland. “This is a huge testament to the fundraising efforts of staff as this is a staff initiative. They pick the charities, they manage the programme and they generate the funds.”
Last year, a total of €300,000 was raised through a variety of fundraising events and initiatives for the company’s three charity partners in 2016 – Aoibheann’s Pink Tie, ARC Cancer Support and Childline/ISPCC. Each charity was presented with a cheque for €100,000.
Mr Toland added: “The amount raised during 2016 is 25pc up on the previous year, making it the largest sum raised ever in a single year. I am immensely proud of the continuing support and passion of DAA staff.”
Charities helped over the years include the Irish Hospice Foundation, Beaumont Hospital Foundation, Crumlin Children’s Hospital, 3Ts Turn the Tide of Suicide, Barretstown, Special Olympics Ireland, Jack & Jill Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis and Temple Street hospital.