Community Fund in Republic of Ireland supports 11,000 community projects
16 November 2018
The Tesco Community Fund in the Republic of Ireland was launched in July 2014 to empower stores to support the good causes and local projects in their communities that matter most to our customers and colleagues. As part of our Little Helps Plan our aim is to help our local communities thrive by positively contributing both socially and economically. Some of the beneficiaries have included schools, sports clubs, marine rescue, transport shuttles to health services and even a donkey sanctuary!
Since the Community Fund started, it has supported over 11,000 community projects with €3million in funding across Ireland. One beneficiary of the initiative based in Cork City, but providing service dogs nationwide, is My Canine Companion. The charity runs a Puppy Programme which provides highly trained and skilled service dogs to people with disabilities, particularly autism.
The donation provided to the charity will help to fund classes held in various centres nationwide to socialise the puppies and learn some basic obedience skills. The classes provide an opportunity for parents to meet other parents and share their experiences. “There’s a real community feel to the classes,” says Niall, co-founder of the charity.
My Canine Companion successfully trained and placed 47 of the total 75 service dogs trained in Ireland in 2017, so they are making a real difference to children who benefit enormously.
For more information on our community grant programmes in the UK and Central Europe, as well as Ireland, click here.