TESCO Ireland has announced that it will make special donations to local organisations across Limerick through its ongoing Community Fund programme to help the most vulnerable people during the Covid-19 pandemic.
A special fund worth €120,000 is being made immediately available in support of hundreds of local good causes based in communities throughout Ireland.
The community-based projects who work with the elderly, local carers, disability services and health groups such as cancer services have been identified by each local Tesco store community.
Among the local good causes in Limerick who will receive a special donation from the Tesco Community Fund are:
- West Limerick Mental Health, Newcastle West Co. Limerick
- Friends of The Elderly, Roxboro Co. Limerick
- Obair Newmarket on Fergus, Coonagh Co. Limerick
In a change to the Community Fund cycle, there will be no blue token votes from customers and these causes will receive an even share of the donation as soon as possible.
Tesco Ireland is also making three special donations of €50,000 each to ALONE, Age Action and Family Carers Ireland to support their efforts in helping the elderly, family carers and those most vulnerable members of our communities across the country.
Launching the donations, Kari Daniels, CEO, Tesco Ireland said, “It is more important than ever that we do everything we can to support those who are working tirelessly to help the most vulnerable members of our local communities.Since 2014, the Tesco Community Fund has enabled us to support local communities across the country and we recognise the immediate need to extend that support further today and, in the weeks, ahead.
“In the spirit of every little helps, we hope that this support will help the local charities throughout Limerick.” she said.
Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring T.D. commented “In the past number of weeks, communities throughout the country have rallied in support of those who are most vulnerable in this crisis.
“Everyone has a role to play, and it is heartening to see prominent retailers such as Tesco supporting the community response effort.
“We are reaching out to those who are most isolated through our extensive network of community and voluntary groups and this support is most welcome.” he added.
The Community Fund donations are one of a series of measures that Tesco has implemented to help the elderly and most vulnerable in communities across Ireland as the national effort continues during the pandemic.
Last week, it launched priority in-store shopping hours dedicated to elderly and family carers pre-9am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Tesco has also implemented a range of measures to ensure the health and safety of colleagues and customers across its 151-store network, including:
- Clear physical distancing
- Plexiglass screens on all checkouts, self-checkouts and clear queuing guidelines
- Sanitiser and wipes for colleagues and customers as they enter the shop floor
- Additional cleaning in stores and of trolleys
The Community Fund helps a wide variety of local projects, supporting communities throughout Ireland by helping causes to reach their potential. Launched in July 2014, the Tesco Community Fund supports local good causes in the communities around its 151 stores throughout Ireland.
Every eight weeks, each Tesco store donates up to €1,000 (€500 in smaller stores) between three local good causes in its community.
Further information on the Tesco Community Fund is available on www.tesco.ie/communityfund.