11 Jan 2017 | 11.10 am
eir Fund Has €160k For Community Projects
Telco's CSR initiative for communities
11 Jan 2017 | 11.10 am
Charities and NGOs in Ireland can apply for a share of €160,000 from an eir CSR initiative.
The eir Fund – Connecting Communities is open for applications from eir employees and any registered Irish charity, NGO or organisation with charitable status. The funding will be allocated evenly across the country and invested at community level each year up to 2019.
The fund was officially launched for 2017 today at a function attended by health minister Leo Varadkar, eir CEO Richard Moat and Carolan Lennon, MD of open eir, among others.
Leo Varadkar commented: “The government and I strongly support and advocate for corporate social responsibility. The best companies should be about more than making profit and increasing shareholder value.
“They should also have a mission to contribute to the betterment of communities that buy their services and products, and to develop human capital by supporting the skills and personal development of their staff. Today’s announcement is proof that eir clearly understands this. The eir fund helps employees to make a positive impact in their community, and helps the company to support more local causes throughout Ireland. I understand that 50 charities will benefit over three years.”
Michelle Toner, head of CSR for eir, said: “We have a presence in every community in Ireland and we want to support those communities in any way we can. The eir Fund allows us to do that in a very meaningful and tangible way.”
Over the past nine months, eir has worked with 17 not-for-profit organisations across a range of social issues, including homelessness, employment and educational supports in disadvantaged areas. “We have had the opportunity to meet and work with new groups that are effecting real positive change in their community every day. We’re proud to be part of their story,” said Toner.
Amongst the recipients of the eir Fund – Connecting Communities is the National Council for the Blind Ireland. Chris White, CEO of the organisation, commented: “NCBI will run an intensive IT training camp next year for children and young people who are blind or vision impaired. This would not be possible without the support from the eir Fund.
“Our camp will set our children up for success from education right through to employment. These camps, facilitated by the University of Limerick will enable children to learn the programmes available to them to assist with their education.”
Other charities that have received support include Camara Ireland, an organisation that improves technology in disadvantaged schools, and Rosie’s Trust, which supports people who are terminally ill, cancer patients, and older people who have companion pets but are unable to look after them independently.
Applications for the eir Fund can be made through eirFund@eir.ie.
Photo (l-r): Leo Varadkar, Rowena Gillen from Rosie’s Trust and Richard Moat. (Pic: Marc O’Sullivan)