Ambrosia’s marks 50th taxi day
In a tradition harking back 50 years to even tougher times than today, Taxi Day celebrates generosity and kindness for a very special cause
13 October 2009
On Tuesday 8 September, over 1,400 special needs children from 40 centres around Dublin were driven by almost 700 Dublin taxi drivers into Parnell Square for the 50th Annual Ambrosia Special Children’s Taxi Day. At noon a cheque for €13,500 was presented on behalf of Ambrosia, at a special ceremony attended by President Mary McAleese and Lord Mayor of Dublin Cllr Emer Costello. The taxi drivers and children then enjoyed a day of fun and entertainment, including appearances by well-known faces such as RTÉ weather lady Nuala Carey and boyband Clozure.
This year Ambrosia was proudly celebrating half a century of the quintessential Dublin event, having itself been sponsor for the last nine years. Funds raised by the event are used to buy equipment for the special needs schools and centres, which would otherwise be unaffordable.
Elaine O’Reilly, chairperson of Bray Lakers, an organisation that provides sports and social events for people with special needs, commented: “We have benefited hugely from this event. We were given a full set of football jerseys from the taxi drivers when we started our football team, and we would like to thank and congratulate them and Ambrosia for all of their great work in organising the day.”