Spar aims to raise €300,000 for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland
Retailer chooses voluntary organisation, Cystic Fibrosis Ireland, as Charity Partner for next two years
27 June 2017
Spar has announced that Cystic Fibrosis Ireland will be its new national charity partner for the next two years. The retail brand has vowed to raise up to €300,000 during this time for the charity through collection boxes in 400 Spar stores nationwide, a donation on selected Spar own-brand products and a number of key events.
To mark this new partnership between one of Ireland’s largest convenience retailers and the charity, Spar hosted a coffee morning in Residence on Dublin’s St Stephen’s Green on 27 June. The event was attended by well known CF campaigner Jillian McNulty. Jillian, who lives with cystic fibrosis had campaigned the HSE and the government to fund the Orkambi drug, which is used to treat the underlying causes of the disease. In May 2017, Health Minister Simon Harris confirmed that Orkambi will be available to Irish patients.
Philip Watt, CEO, Cystic Fibrosis Ireland thanked Spar for choosing it as the brand’s chosen charity, noting that Ireland has the highest incidence of cystic fibrosis in the world. “Unfortunately there is no cure for cystic fibrosis,” Watt said, “but medical and scientific research has greatly improved the treatment of this disease in recent years”.
According to Willie O’Byrne, managing director, BWG Foods (owner and operator of the Spar brand in Ireland), said the brand is proud to work with Cystic Fibrosis Ireland as its charity partner. “We hope that our support will continue to help improve the quality of the lives of those living with cystic fibrosis in Ireland,” O’Byrne said.
The funds raised by Spar will be used to support independent living for those with cystic fibrosis. This includes providing support for the challenges faced by people with the condition as they seek to live independent lives for the first time. They face many challenges in areas such as education, health, housing, employment and family support.