DoneDeal, Ireland’s leading online classified adverts website, has announced that its latest ‘Charity Month’ donation has pushed total charity donations in Ireland to over €1 million. Over 50 charities across Ireland have now received donations from the company, with the funds going towards vital maintenance and upkeep of the chosen charities.
The DoneDeal Charity month initiative was started in February 2010. Since then, a charity has been chosen every second month and for the duration of that month 10% of the cost of placing an ad has gone to the designated charity. As DoneDeal grew, and more and more ads were placed, it was decided to split the money raised between three worthy charities.
Donna Spellacy, Community Manager at DoneDeal and one of the company’s first employees, was delighted with the announcement, “We are so proud of our Charity Month initiative and to reach this incredible €1 million milestone! To get to €1 million in donations means so much to us here, and it has been amazing to see this project go from strength to strength each year. All of the employees at DoneDeal get a chance to choose a charity to contribute to and it’s an unbelievable feeling to see the difference we’ve made to charities close to our hearts. The Charity Month is brilliant for all involved, we love raising the money and we love giving it away even more!”
John Warbuton, CEO of DoneDeal, added: “Since our charity programme was founded in 2010, giving back to local communities has always been a major priority for DoneDeal. It is important to us that what we are doing involves all of us – every staff member gets a chance to choose their charity. We’ve donated money to some of the best known charities in Ireland such as the ISPCC, Simon Community, Make-A-Wish Ireland, and St Vincent De Paul. We’ve also donated to smaller charities such as Irish Therapy Dogs, Blood Bike East and the Wexford Arts Centre.”
The money donated throughout the years has had a huge impact on the chosen charities. Irish Therapy Dogs is one such charity, with €12,000 donated to their voluntary pet therapy organisation. Pamela Dempsey, Irish Therapy Dogs Chief Fundraising Officer, said the money donated “has kept our charity going, and has gone toward continuing to provide an irreplaceable pet therapy service to people with special needs in Ireland.”
Blood Bike East is a volunteer organisation that delivers blood, blood products, breast milk and medical products by motorbike between the hospitals in Dublin and the Greater Leinster area free of charge. With the help of DoneDeal, their drivers have saved hospitals over €100,000 in transport costs since they started in 2013.
Another organisation that put money raised by DoneDealers to invaluable use is Crumlin Children’s Hospital, who have spread the €50,000 donated to them from DoneDeal across various projects, including the opening of a new Children’s Cardiac Unit in the hospital.
This month’s charity month recipients were CMRF Crumlin (the principal fundraising body for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin), Waterford Hospice, and The Jockeys Emergency Fund. Each charity for the DoneDeal charity month received just over €11,950 to invest in important projects in the coming months.
To celebrate this incredible €1 million milestone, DoneDeal have created a short video to give an insight to their company and how the charity programme works, and shine a light on some of the chosen charities and how they have spent their donations. To view the video, click here http://bit.ly/1iL9JHX