Limerick charities and community groups benefit from Analog donations

Shane Geary, VP Manufacturing and Leo McHugh, VP Industrial Units, Analog Devices, presenting €20,000 to Mary O’Brien, chief executive and Anne Marie Hayes, Fundraising Manager, Milford Care Centre.

39 educational, charitable and cultural organisations have received financial donations totalling €100,000 from Analog Devices International (ADI) as part of its annual community awards and charitable donations programme.

A broad spectrum of organisations in Limerick, Cork, Clare, Tipperary and Kerry benefited with donations going to local sporting clubs, schools, community hubs, a men’s shed group, and numerous charities.

Employees from ADI’s Limerick and Cork sites  were given the opportunity to nominate who should benefit from the donations. Over 300 nominations were made giving the Community Relations Team the difficult task of reviewing the submissions and allocating contributions.

Donations were made across four category types: Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze.

As a long-standing charity partner of ADI, Milford Care Centre in Castletroy received the Platinum donation of €20,000.

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Gold donations of €10,000 were made to Cliona’s Foundation, Marymount Hospice in Cork and the Mid-West Simon Community.

Silver awards of €4,000 were given to Cuan Mhuire Addiction Treatment Centres, Dooradoyle Raheen Men’s Shed, Limerick Mental Health Association, Our Lady of Lourdes Community Services Group and Shannon Dragons.

The Bronze recipients, 30 in all, received €1,000 each. They included Adare GAA Club; Caherline National School, Caherconlish; Children’s Grief Centre; Croína Coille Primary School, Croom; Croom Community Development; Gaelscoil Sáirséal; Limerick Educate Together National School; Limerick Huskies Basketball Club; Limerick Suicide Watch; Lisnagry National School; Monaleen Camogie Club; Mungret Community Council; Mungret St Paul’s GAA Development; Murroe/Boher Bord na nOg GAA; Redemptorist Christmas Appeal; Southill Hub and St Molua’s National School, Ardagh.

Milford Care Centre chief executive Mary O’Brien said they were  privileged to be Analog Devices’ charity partner.

“We are so grateful for their ongoing support which allows us to deliver vital palliative care services across Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary.”

Karen O’Donnell O’Connor of the Southill Hub said their donation would be used to fund youth work and services for young people in the Southill Community.”

ADI Industrial Business Units Vice President Leo McHugh said that every group that benefitted  from the programme has a lasting impact on our community by improving people’s lives.

“Having been embedded in the region for almost 50 years, we are delighted to be in a position to give back and support so many worthwhile groups in their endeavours. We organise a lot of community outreach initiatives during the year, but the presentation of the Community Awards is always special as we get to meet the various organisations and hear how the donations will allow them to continue or expand their mission.”

ADI General Manager Manufacturing Shane Geary said that many charities and social enterprises  struggle to raise the necessary funding to achieve their goals and they were delighted to give employees the opportunity to have their say on how the donations were distributed.

Each of the beneficiaries has been chosen by employees because they, or their families and friends, either rely on them or support them through volunteering and fundraising efforts. For many, it can be life-changing.”