Energia to support Crosscare food service in Dublin over Christmas
Energia staff donates over €4,000 to NGO
Energia, one of Ireland’s leading energy suppliers to Irish homes and businesses has announced that it will donate the money that it would have used for its staff celebrations over the Christmas period to Crosscare. The energy supplier will donate €4,525 on behalf of its staff in the Republic of Ireland to support the NGO’s essential relief food services in Dublin.
Crosscare is the Social Support Agency of the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin. Crosscare’s work includes interventions in the areas of homelessness, food and community needs and work with young people. The organisation supports those who have complex needs, experience a high degree of social isolation and find it difficult to access appropriate services and support. Crosscare also runs community cafes and food banks in Dublin.
Yvonne Fleming, Senior Manager, Crosscare commented; “All our food services have remained open since the start of the pandemic. In the first ‘lock down’ we distributed an additional 7,000 emergency food parcels through partner charities. Any donation to Crosscare's food services is greatly appreciated. Since the start of Covid, due to job loss, mental health challenges, inability to shop due to the need to 'cocoon' and many other reasons, Crosscare's food services have brought relief to many families. We are continuing to support families now in the run up to Christmas. Thanks to Energia we can continue this work.”
Gary Ryan, Managing Director, Energia Customer Solutions commented; “We supply energy to communities all over Ireland and as such believe that we have a role to play in supporting those that might be vulnerable or experiencing difficulty. These challenges are not limited to the holiday season however the Christmas period can prove particularly difficult, especially this year with the impact of COVID-19. Our colleagues at Energia are delighted to be able to support the Crosscare team and valuable work of the organisation.”
As part of the broader Energia Group Christmas charity activity, Power NI (part of the Energia Group) is donating £17,000 to food banks in South Belfast, Omagh and Antrim instead of holding a staff Christmas party. This contribution is part of a broader Power NI staff initiative which has seen the provision of a £50,000 COVID-19 response fund to 29 staff causes in 2020.