Spar donates €50,000 to local community groups to celebrate 50 years in Ireland
18 October 2013
Olympic legend Katie Taylor presented Waterford Marine Search and Rescue, overall winners at the SPAR Helping Hand Community Fund awards, with their cheque in an emotional ceremony at the Gibson Hotel in Dublin recently.
The €50,000 Spar ‘Helping Hand Community Fund’ is a nationwide campaign supporting community groups and clubs as part of the brand’s celebration of its 50th anniversary in Ireland. Winners were selected on their contribution to their local communities, and their need for financial support.
Waterford Marine Search and Rescue operate search and rescue missions in their county’s rivers and lakes 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Darryl Barry, chairperson of Waterford Marine Search and Rescue, said: "We’re thrilled to have won this award and we’d like to thank Spar for their generosity."
Katie Taylor, patron of the Spar Helping Hand Community Fund, said: "I’m delighted to be the patron of these fantastic and well-deserved awards. "Waterford Marine Search and Rescue sum up exactly what the Spar Helping Hand Community Fund stands for, and are a very worthy overall winner."
SPAR Helping Hand Community Fund also donated €1,000 each to 26 county winners across Ireland, and another €2,800 to five category winners.
Willie O’Byrne, managing director, BWG Foods, said: "As a local retailer, with a presence in nearly every town and city across Ireland, we place a big emphasis on giving something back to the communities whose citizens support our retailers. At an individual level our local retailers support and sponsor community initiatives on an ongoing basis and in this, our 50th year, we wanted to go one step further."
The Spar ‘Helping Hand Community Fund’ was awarded to clubs and groups across Ireland under five categories: Children & Youth; Community Services & Support; Heritage & Environment; Sport & Leisure; and Arts & Culture.