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€23,000 raised by Energia staff for Down Syndrome Ireland & The Foyle Down Syndrome Trust

PICTURE: Energia raises over €140,000 for local charities in five years

Energia staff have raised €140,000 for charitable organisations over the past five years.
Over the course of the last year, Energia staff around Ireland have participated in numerous events. These have included, coffee mornings, staff quizes, mud plugger and ice cream van events to name but a few, to raise money for the services provided by Down Syndrome Ireland and The Foyle Down Syndrome Trust.
 
The money raised in 2017/18 is going towards the creation of a Personal Development Programme for teenagers and young adults with Down syndrome that will in time be     delivered across the island of Ireland. The programme will offer support and advice in maintaining relationships and building social skills to enable those participating to live independent and more fulfilled lives. Modules will also include sex education, safety and building self-advocacy skills. 
 Gary Owens, CEO, Down Syndrome Ireland said, “Thanks to the fantastic fundraising efforts of Energia staff around Ireland, teenagers and young adults with Down syndrome will now be supported to develop the right skills that will enhance their daily lives and help them fulfill their true potential as valued members of our society.”
 Foyle Down Syndrome Trust Manager, Lorraine Gallen, said, "We are delighted that through a massive fundraising effort, Energia have now made the delivery of a Personal Development Programme for young people with Down syndrome possible. Through our close partnership with Down Syndrome Ireland, many will benefit from this programme nationwide. We are excited to see how the young people’s self-esteem, friendships and relationships will flourish, helping them experience less stress, tension and anxiety. I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Energia staff who have collectively funded this essential programme."
 
Michael Ringland, Energia commented; “We are delighted to have partnered with Down Syndrome Ireland and the Foyle Down Syndrome Trust. Being active in communities across the country, supporting an organisation like Down Syndrome Ireland that makes such a valuable contribution to so many, was important to our staff. We greatly enjoyed taking part in a wide variety of events, knowing that our activities will benefit both the organisation and the people who use its services.”
 
He continued, “The programme developed with these funds will be long lasting and indeed is targeted to be shared with other Down syndrome organisations. As individual Down syndrome branches do not have time or resources to develop such a comprehensive programme, this funding enables a dedicated group to produce the much needed programme.”
 

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