Every little helps: Tesco stores donate €12,000 to Wicklow charities hit by downturn
Tesco stores in Wicklow have donated €12,000 to three local charities whose funding have been badly hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Arklow Mental Health Association, Bray Mental Health Association and the Open Door Day Centre in Greystones have been chosen for the funding by “local Area Community Champions and customers”, Tesco said in a statement today.
Launching the donations, Tesco Ireland CEO Kari Daniels said: “As the impact of Covid-19 runs deep into the communities around Wicklow, we want to continue to support those most impacted. At a time when charitable revenues are experiencing a downturn, we hope that dedicating yet another round of our €120,000 Community Fund will help these good causes to continue to provide invaluable services to those who need it most in our communities.”
Tomás Sercovich, CEO, Business in the Community Ireland, added: “Whilst we are aware of the short-term impact Covid-19 is having on society at present, the longer-term effect on those most at risk such as people with mental health concerns, suffering from domestic violence, experiencing food poverty or homelessness is likely to be acute.
“Community groups across Wicklow representing those most impacted by Covid-19 are currently experiencing an increasing demand for their services alongside a decline in their fundraising income, so strategic support from initiatives like the Tesco Community Fund provides much needed help now when its needed most.”
The Community Fund donations are one of a series of measures Tesco has implemented to help those most in need in communities across Ireland as the national effort continues in the fight against Covid-19.
In late March, the company provided over €270,000 in Community Fund donations; including three special donations of €50,000 each to national charities ALONE, Age Action and Family Carers Ireland to support their efforts in helping the elderly, family carers and the most vulnerable members of our communities across the country.