Nestlé staff aim to raise €70k for Down Syndrome Ireland

Down Syndrome Ireland members’ Beula Lynch and Alex Smith at the launch of Nestlé's fundraising initiative
Down Syndrome Ireland members’ Beula Lynch and Alex Smith at the launch of Nestlé's fundraising initiative

Funds raised will go towards a new multi-sensory and family room in charity's national support office in Ballymount, Dublin, alongside other services

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Nestlé’s employees in Ireland have committed to raise €70,000 for Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI) in a new two year staff Charity of the Year partnership announced today.

The partnership will involve over 700 employees from Nestlé Ireland, Citywest and Nestlé’s Wyeth Nutrition infant formula plant in Askeaton, Co. Limerick.

DSI supports over 3,500 members across Ireland through its specialist services in healthcare, education, early development, speech and language therapy and independence.

The funds raised will go towards a new multi-sensory and family room in DSI’s national support office in Ballymount, Dublin. This will provide a drop-in respite space available for family members and an area to relax when visiting Dublin for hospital appointments. The much needed funds will also contribute to services such as the home teacher programme, speech & language therapy and new parent support in the Limerick branch.

Andrew Shaw, country manager, Nestlé Ireland said DSI was voted for by the company’s staff as their charity of the year, noting: “We are proud to support the essential work carried out by this charity to improve and enrich the lives of its members across Ireland.”

The two sites are planning a wide range of fundraising initiatives for the duration of the partnership. Through Nestlé’s Charity of the Year initiative, it has partnered with a number of Irish charities including Irish Autism Action and the Jack and Jill Foundation in recent years. Cumulatively staff have raised over €500,000 to benefit Irish charities since 2010.

 

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