Ceol agus Craic in Connacht

Thanks to your support of the Tesco Community Fund, we’ll be able to bring you updates on some more of the causes you’ve been supporting in the West since the fund started.

The Tesco Community Fund is helping thousands of local causes right across Ireland, donating over €2.3 million to over 9,000 local causes since 2014. This week our stores will present 450 local good causes with €120,000 worth of donations from the Community Fund, enabling them to make a big difference in communities’ right across Ireland.

Loughrea GAA Club

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To date Tesco Ireland has supported over 400 GAA clubs across Ireland. In Galway alone, Tesco’s four stores have supported 17 GAA clubs across the county. One of those GAA Clubs is Loughrea GAA Club, which used the funding to purchase new jerseys ahead of the Galway County Final.

Loughrea GAA Club is made up of just over 100 girls across five team from under-eights to under 16s, supported by a team of 20 volunteers. One of those volunteers, Paul, has been instrumental in the club since it was founded just over two years ago.

“The club has grown substantially in the last two years from five girls on the first day of training to over a 100 now. My wife and I along with two of our friends were the first coaches. We started the club because my daughter had been pleading with me for years to start a team. And two years later we are going from strength to strength reaching the county final.”

“The club got involved in the Tesco Community Fund to help fundraise for the under-14s team to go to the Feile last June, and members were looking at every possible way to raise funds. The Fund is absolutely brilliant for clubs and other organisations. I know there is great excitement among our girls whenever we are involved in the campaign. Even now every time we go in, there’s a bit of a buzz about which cause is going to receive our token. It’s a great initiative and helps us to raise awareness of our club across Galway.”

 

Lacken Sarsfield GAA Club

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Lacken Sarsfield GAA Club is like many GAA Clubs across the country has used the Tesco Community Fund to buy new equipment to encourage players and prepare them for the season ahead. 

To date, Tesco Ireland has supported over 400 GAA clubs across Ireland through the Tesco Community Fund. In Mayo alone, Tesco’s five stores have used the Community Fund to support 14 GAA clubs across the county.

Lacken Sarsfield GAA Club is a small, rural club with approximately 17-20 players on the senior team.  In total the club has about 130 members, supported by a team of 10-15 volunteers.  The club used funding it received from the Tesco Community Fund to provide the senior football team with new training gear and footballs to encourage players to stay involved.

Aine Lavin, PRO and lead fundraiser of the Club, who got involved in the club when her son joined the under-16 player, describes the challenges facing the club:

“Lacken is a very small Parish, like many other clubs we often struggle with a shortage of younger lads for a full team. So five local parishes join together for under-age football to fund a team of about 30. However since we got involved in the Tesco Community Fund in Tesco Ballina, our younger players are more interested in staying in the club and others are getting involved.”

“It’s a small parish and we all help each other out in terms of funding for community activity, however the Community Fund has helped us ease the cost of involvement for players. The fund has become a good way of keeping the club going and keeping members involved, which is so important for the Parish.”

Speaking about the contribution made to both Loughrea and Lacken clubs, Area Community Champion for Tesco stores for Galway, Mary Cronolly said: “We are delighted to be able to support amazing local GAA clubs, which are a central part of local communities.  The fund is open to a wide variety of good causes or groups so if you think you know a local organisation that could benefit from some extra funding, please nominate them in store or online today. And don’t forget to vote for your preferred cause each time you shop using your blue token, because it really does make a difference.”

Tesco customers can simply fill out a nomination form in store and every 8 weeks, three local causes will be selected for the Tesco Community Fund. Customers can also nominate a cause online via: www.tesco.ie/communityfund. And at the end of each phase, blue token votes are counted and up to €1,000 is shared proportionally between the three local causes.  Further information and criteria for entry is available on www.tesco.ie/communityfund.   

 

Blood Bike West, Co Galway

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Galway based community cause, Blood Bike West, is a biker gang with a difference. Putting their metal to the test, the dedicated group of 30 volunteers work tirelessly to transport essential blood and urgent medical supplies between hospitals, healthcare sites ad laboratories.  

The group’s four bikes connect the West of Ireland with every part of the country. In one month these volunteers provided over 230 hours of non-stop coverage to healthcare locations nationwide delivering MRI scans, collecting chemotherapy treatments and of course life-saving blood. 

The group became involved in the Tesco Community Fund via the Galway Headford Road store and the funding received has supported the ongoing delivery of this completely voluntary and vital service. 

Kerrie-Ann Faherty, Fundraising Manager for the volunteers said:  “We provide a service that the HSE, hospices and clinics simply can’t offer. We are determined to help patients as much as we can and relieve the stress on the health service. “The funds we received from the Community Fund have gone a great way to help us manage our fuel costs as well as contributing to cover the insurance bills for our four bikes and van. On average it costs the volunteers €30 for a one way trip to Dublin and with an average number of one trip every night, the fuel bills adds up fast. The support from the Tesco Community Fund means that volunteers don’t have to put their hand in their own pockets to cover the cost of fuel.” 

Cycle Against Suicide, Co Galway

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As part of the Cycle Against Suicide Movement, The Ambassador School Programme promotes help-seeking behaviour in second level schools on the Island of Ireland. The money presented by Tesco goes back directly into the school programme in organising the annual students leaders congress in the R.D.S.

Over 4,000 students gather for a day of inspiration, motivation, music and friendship in promoting the core message "It's ok not to feel OK and absolutely OK to ask for help". The money will also help fund the 80 awards that will be presented to schools each September for completing the 5 gears of programme. 

With the amount of suicides in the last number of years and to witness the search and rescue operate in the cold and wet conditions, it was fantastic to see the response from customers supporting this amazing charity and raising awareness of the work they do. Through the Tesco Community Fund and the support of customers at Tesco Oranmore, €375.65 was presented to Cycle Against Suicide.

Murrisk National School, Co. Mayo

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Murrisk National School, a rural two teacher school just six miles from Westport town. The school and its active Parents' Association generally raise funds with an annual Christmas concert, a yearly community fun run, flag days, cake sales and bric-a-brac stalls. The money raised is used to pay for activities such as dancing & music lessons, tours & field trips, transport to events like matches & musicals, and for essentials such as library books and educational toys.

Mrs. Anne O’Reilly, principal of the school said: “We used our Tesco Community Fund donation to record our own traditional music CD in a professional recording studio in Westport. We played tunes such as 'The Star of the County Down' and 'Tears of Clew Bay' on our tin whistles and accordions, and a wonderful day was had by all. We would not have had the opportunity to take part in this fantastic and educational activity without the Tesco Community Fund. Thank you!

Let’s Keep It Going!

In 2009, The Irish Nonprofits Knowledge Exchange (INKEx)* reported that there are at least 11,900 non-profit organisation in Ireland. In the last year, the Community Fund has supported 3,500 or almost a third of similar causes and community groups – that’s thousands of little differences being made to causes ranging from animal shelters, elderly care services, intellectual disability support groups, community crèches, local fundraisers, schools, sports clubs and even to help an abandoned donkey. 

Henry Dummer, Marketing Director Tesco Ireland said: “As one of Ireland’s biggest retailers, some people might feel we’re too big to care, but we’re big on the things that matter to our customers, community being one of them. And with 149 stores we have a unique opportunity to help thousands of community causes across Ireland through our Community Fund.”

“Our customers are the driving force behind the initiative, deciding who in their community deserves a little help, and that’s why it works. So we would urge everyone to keep this going and nominate a cause that could do with a little boost or that simply deserves some recognition for the great service it provides to the local area.”  

Tesco customers or colleagues can still support a cause that means something to them or to their local community, be it fixing a leaky roof in the community centre or supporting running costs of a local hospice. Simply fill out a form, nominate them in-store and every 8 weeks, three local causes will be selected for the Tesco Community Fund.

Using the little blue tokens, customers can also decide which cause they would like to support by voting each time they shop. And at the end of each phase, up to €1,000 is shared proportionally between the three local causes.  So make someone’s day, because every little blue token really does help.

Murrisk National School are a great example of how support from the Tesco Community Fund can be applied for some important extra cirricular activity for the students. Local causes need all the help they can get. Whether they have limited funding from another source, or are renowned for their creative fundraising, you can still nominate them to be part of the Tesco Community Fund. We know better than anyone, that every little helps.

Henry Dummer, Marketing Director Tesco Ireland said: “As one of Ireland’s biggest retailers, some people might feel we’re too big to care, but we’re big on the things that matter to our customers, community being one of them. And with 149 stores we have a unique opportunity to help thousands of community causes across Ireland through our Community Fund.”

“Our customers are the driving force behind the initiative, deciding who in their community deserves a little help, and that’s why it works. So we would urge everyone to keep this going and nominate a cause that could do with a little boost or that simply deserves some recognition for the great service it provides to the local area.”  

 

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