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Dublin Airport staff raise €2 million for charity over last decade

Airport staff (from L to R) Andreea Mantea, Daniel Jordan and Denise O'Hanlon celebrate the milestone. Airport staff (from L to R) Andreea Mantea, Daniel Jordan and Denise O'Hanlon celebrate the milestone.

Big hearted staff at Dublin Airport have raised over €2 million for 18 Irish charities over the last 10 years.

The total includes more than €300,000 for Aoibheann’s Pink Tie, ARC Cancer Support and Childline/ISPCC in 2016.

Other charities to benefit from the generosity of daa employees over the last decade include the Irish Hospice Foundation; Crumlin Children’s Hospital; Irish Autism Action;Bee For Battens; Down Syndrome Ireland; and Make A Wish Ireland.

Indeed, daa’s Charities of the Year scheme is one of the largest such programmes in the State and its gifts have touched the lives of tens of thousands of people over the past decade.

Every year staff raise money for the chosen charities through a series of events and the company also makes a significant contribution to the fund.

There are also cash collection points though out the airport for passenger donations. 

“We’re celebrating 10 years of the daa Charity of the Year scheme and during that period an incredible €2 million has been raised for a huge range of worthy causes,” notes daa's chief executive, Kevin Toland.

“This is a huge testament to the fundraising efforts of staff as this is a staff initiative. They pick the charities, they manage the programme and they generate the funds.  

“The amount raised during 2016 is 25% up on the previous year, making it the largest sum raised ever in a single year.

"I am immensely proud of the continuing support and passion of daa staff in raising this massive sum of money for charity.”

Last year the wide variety of fund raising events held by daa staff, families and friends included an 80k cycle, the Women’s Mini Marathon, a back to the shop floor day for managers, a parachute jump, a Christmas jumper day as well as marathons, book sale and cake sales.

The amount of money raised by staff is boosted by donations made by passengers and other visitors to Dublin Airport using the many charity boxes throughout Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.

Daa also makes a separate significant donation to the fund every year.

 

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