Mace spreads joy raising €100,000 for DSI

Daniel O'Connell (MACE Sales director) and Gary Owens (DSI CEO) celebrate the two organisations' successful partnership
Daniel O'Connell (Mace sales director) and Gary Owens (DSI CEO) celebrate the two organisations' successful partnership

Ahead of this year’s Tour de Munster cycle event in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland, Mace retailers recently handed over an incredible €100,000 donation to the charity for monies raised over the term of its official partnership.

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16 July 2019 | 0

Mace has marked the third year of its official partnership with Down Syndrome Ireland by presenting the charity with a cheque for €100,000, representing the total amount raised to date. Meanwhile, with participating Mace stores right around Ireland supporting Down Syndrome Ireland by hosting their own Tour De Mace events in-store, it is anticipated that Mace will be making another sizeable contribution to the charity in the coming months.

Since officially adopting Down Syndrome Ireland as Mace’s official charity partner in 2017, retailers have engaged in a number of initiatives designed to raise awareness and funds for the worthy charity, including selling exclusive cup-cakes, donations on the sale of certain own-brand products, supporting the Tour de Munster and Purple Run annual events.

This year a number of Mace stores along the 640km Tour de Munster circuit provided support to all those taking part and, in participating stores, a separate fund-raising initiative will see retailers, their families, staff and customers offered the opportunity engage in the Tour de Mace event by cycling on stationary bikes in-store to raise money.

Mace is constantly striving to develop further fundraising concepts for Down Syndrome Ireland and so the Tour de Mace initiative was created whereby 15 participating stores throughout the country will be running a 10 hour static cycle in their stores and customers can donate 15 minutes to one hour of their time to cycle and contribute much needed funds to Down Syndrome Ireland. Mace is encouraging customers to come along and join in the celebrations and donate funds towards Down Syndrome Ireland.

Speaking at the recent cheque handover to Down Syndrome Ireland, Mace sales director Daniel O’Connell said that Mace is proud to be associated with this very worthy charity. “Our Mace retailers have really taken our support of Down Syndrome Ireland to their hearts,” O’Connell said, “and we are delighted to support them in any way we can.”

Down Syndrome Ireland CEO Gary Owens offered his gratitude to Mace retailers for their support of the charity. “The fundraising efforts and support of the Mace retailers is very much appreciated by us,” Owens said, “and the monies raised are critical to our members who need support to help them achieve their goal of achieving the daily basic rights we all enjoy.

“These funds will help support early intervention therapies, education and employment initiatives which help members do that,” he added.

 

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