SPAR Ireland donates €60,000 in community fund initiative

August 22, 2023 IN THE CATEGORY: Community, Responsible retailing

  • Olympic Gold Medallist and SPAR brand ambassador Kellie Harrington, centre, with representatives of the chosen groups who benefitted from the SPAR Community Fund, from left, Donna Cassidy of Claremorris South Responder Group, Orla Donovan of Tipperary Warriors, Corey McCarthy of The Food Fund, Marie Tonra of Milford and District Resource Centre and Katie Carrigan of Dundalk Simon Community, during the SPAR 60th Community Fund Winners Event at The Avon in The Burgage, Blessington, Wicklow

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SPAR Ireland and Olympic gold medallist Kellie Harrington recently revealed the six beneficiaries of the SPAR 60th Community Fund initiative. Organisations spread across Connacht, Munster and Leinster will receive €10,000 each in funding.

SPAR Ireland’s Community Fund initiative was first launched in December 2021. This year’s Fund celebrates 60 years of SPAR serving local communities in Ireland. To date, a direct investment of €80,000 has been made to deserving community projects nationwide by the national retailer. This is another example of the brand’s commitment to giving back to local communities and customers.

Six deserving recipients

Over 1,100 groups applied for the third wave of funding from the SPAR Community Fund. Those selected include a food re-distribution group set up by five secondary school students in Cork, the Dundalk Simon Community, the Claremorris South Responder Group in Mayo, the Little Way Cancer Support Centre in Kildare, the Milford District and Resource Centre in Donegal and the Tipperary Warriors, a sports club for children with disabilities.

“For 60 years, SPAR retailers have been proud to serve local communities around the country. The SPAR 60th Community Fund allows us to continue rewarding and acknowledging the communities SPAR retailers are embedded in”, said Colin Donnelly, SPAR Ireland Sales Director.

“It was great to meet representatives of the chosen groups and organisations to hear about the terrific work they are doing and how the SPAR 60th Community Fund will support their work in a very meaningful way.”

Celebrating 60 years

The SPAR 60th Community Fund is a fantastic initiative that makes a real difference in the lives of people who need a little support. SPAR Ireland is also committed to planting 20,000 trees in the year of its 60th anniversary.

Source: SPAR Ireland

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SPAR is one of Ireland’s largest convenience retail groups and has been serving communities in Ireland for over sixty years. From the time it opened its first store in Dublin in 1963, SPAR has been a leader in Irish convenience retailing, bringing consumers the most innovative products and in-store offerings. SPAR is part of leading retail and wholesale company BWG Foods UC and, with a presence in every county across Ireland, SPAR’s over 400 stores provide employment for 14,000 people locally.

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