DAA employees, supported by the company and members of the public, have raised €2 million for 18 Irish charities in the past 10 years, including €300,000 for three charities in 2016. Above, daa staff members Andreea Mantea, Daniel Jordan and Denise O’Hanlon celebrating raising the €2 million.
The Charities of the Year scheme is one of the largest such programmes in the State and its gifts have touched the lives of tens of thousands of people over the past decade. Every year staff raise money for the chosen charities through a series of events and the company also makes a significant contribution to the fund. There are also cash collection points throughout the airport for passenger donations.
“We are celebrating 10 years of the daa Charity of the Year scheme and during that period an incredible €2 million has been raised for a huge range of worthy causes,” said Kevin Toland, Chief Executive. “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, €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.
The money raised will make a real difference to people’s lives, added Kevin. “The amount raised during 2016 is 25% up on the previous year, making it the largest sum ever raised in a single year. I am immensely proud of the continuing support and passion of daa staff in raising this massive sum of money for charity.”
Over the course of 2016 a wide variety of events took place with daa employees, families and friends getting involved to support the three charities. Events included an 80k cycle, the Women’s Mini Marathon, a back to the shop floor day for managers, a parachute jump, and a Christmas jumper day, as well as marathons, book sale and cake sales.
The amount of money raised by staff is boosted by donations made by passengers and other visitors to Dublin Airport using the many charity boxes throughout Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. daa also makes a separate significant donation to the fund every year.
At the cheque presentation, Mairead Mangan, Head of Fundraising with ARC Cancer Support, said: “A million thanks to the staff of daa for their incredible hard work and support throughout the year. It was an honour for ARC to be chosen as a charity of choice. Receiving this phenomenal bursary from daa provides ARC Cancer Support Centres a lifeline that will enable us to plan future workshops, programmes and classes to meet the increased needs of men and women affected by cancer and their loved ones.”
Jimmy Norman, Aoibheann’s Pink Tie founder and Chief Executive, said: “I would like to thank all the staff at daa for choosing Aoibheann’s Pink Tie as one of the charities of the year. I am incredibly honoured by all the hard work and dedication that went into the fundraising activities. I am delighted to say that the recognition we have received as a result of our charity visibility across the airport terminals during 2016 has helped to establish Aoibheann’s Pink Tie as the National Children’s Cancer Charity. The money raised will make a significant difference.”
Carmen Taheny, ISPCC Childline’s Corporate Fundraising Executive, said being chosen as one of the daa charities of the year had helped it raise both funds and awareness. “Childline has almost 400,000 conversations with children and young people every year, who contact us to talk about issues they are concerned about, including loneliness, anxiety, abuse, violence, exploitation, addiction and suicide. That is over 1,000 contacts by children every day. With daa support, we will ensure that there is always someone there to answer these calls. This donation will be part of every call, text and online conversation with children by the Childline service.”
2007 – Irish Hospice Foundation
2008 – Beaumont Hospital Foundation
2009 – Crumlin Children’s Hospital
2010 – Irish Autism Action
2011 – 3Ts Turn the Tide of Suicide
2012 – Barretstown
2013 – Bee For Battens, Down Syndrome Ireland, Make A Wish Ireland
2014 – Special Olympics Ireland, Jack & Jill Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis
2015 – Temple Street, Parkinson’s Association, Diabetes Unit OLCH Crumlin
2016 – Aoibheann’s Pink Tie, ARC Cancer Support, Childline/ISPCC