Limerick responded with a bus full of generosity to Simon appeal

Catherine Barry, Marie King and Ger Riordan of Bus Éireann with Lorraine Cronin and Catherine Hayes of Mid West Simon taking part in the 'Fill a Bus' Christmas appeal last year.

THE spirit of the season was captured to good effect in the run up to Christmas as Limerick people responded generously to the “Fill-a-Bus” appeal organised by Bus Éireann and Mid West Simon at Colbert bus station.

“We were overwhelmed with the response from the people of Limerick once again this year”, said Marie King, Bus Éireann Regional Sales and Marketing Manager.

“Mid West Simon used their generous donations to help the vulnerable, homeless and those at risk of homelessness in Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary. These vital contributions ensured that many people in need enjoyed Christmas this year,” she said.

Mid West Simon operates food banks in Limerick, Ennis and Nenagh and have provided food to 6,780 individuals as well as 24,484 food parcels so far this year.

Along with supporting 704 people in emergency accommodation this year, Mid West Simon provided permanent homes for a further 211 people in the region with a further 49 supported in their transitional accommodation projects.

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“We are extremely grateful to Bus Éireann for this wonderful initiative again this year and for the support we have received from them over the past number of years” said Jackie Leonard, Head of Fundraising with Mid West Simon.

“Inflation, coupled with the rising costs of energy and food has impacted everyone, but especially our clients.  Because of these factors, our services are in greater demand than ever before. People are really struggling but we are here to help”.

Catherine Barry, Bus Éireann; Jackie Leonard, Mid West Simon and Marie King, Bus Éireanntaking part in the ‘Fill-a-bus’ Christmas appeal.