Gorta Urging Businesses To Dine Al Desko For Ethiopia

05 Oct 2016 | 09.00 am

Gorta Urging Businesses To Dine Al Desko For Ethiopia

Buy your staff lunch for an October fundraiser

05 Oct 2016 | 09.00 am

Gorta is calling on companies to help fundraise for Ethiopia during October by buying lunch for their employees, and when they’re well-fed, convincing them to make a donation to the charity.

The campaign marks World Food Day, which falls on October 16, a global day of action against hunger.

Gorta-Self Help Africa is asking companies across Ireland to bring their staff together for a shared food experience at work any day during the month of October to raise funds to combat famine in Ethiopia.

The ‘Dine al Desko’ concept is that lunch is provided and shared for employees, who are then encouraged to make a donation in lieu of lunch provision, and the company is then encouraged to match the amount raised.

Funds raised will go to providing drought-tolerant seed for harvesting in Ethiopia. Farmers will also be trained to grow and harvest certified seed and crops, which they can then sell to other farmers in the region.

All participating companies that register a Dine Al Desko fundraiser will receive info on menu ideas as well as a €50 gift card from Just Eat. Gorta-Self Help Africa is pointing to Sigmar Recruitment as a business that is leading by example. Sigmar’s staff chose Gorta-Self Help Africa as its charity partner earlier this year and will be holding a Dine Al Desko event this month.

According to Ray Jordan, CEO of Gorta-Self Help Africa: “While more than ten million people in Ethiopia are desperately in need of relief, Gorta-Self Help Africa is committed to providing lasting agricultural solutions, so that rural poor households can grow the food that their families need to survive, and end the risk of famine permanently. We need the help of corporate Ireland to realise this goal.”

Photo: Kathryn Thomas (back centre), launching Dine Al Desko with Sigmar Recruitment staff Gerald Quinn, Vicki Lavin, Tara Mahon and Tom Deane (Pic: Barry Cronin)

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