Diageo serves up charity funding

Kilkenny charities and groups received a massive boost from Diageo Ireland who contributed over €115,000 to worthy causes over the course of last year.

Kilkenny charities and groups received a massive boost from Diageo Ireland who contributed over €115,000 to worthy causes over the course of last year.

The donation to local charities and social entrepreneurs was made by Diageo under a number of schemes. The Arthur Guinness Fund is a nationwide scheme which in 2011 alone donated €650,000 to social entrepreneurs in all parts of Ireland. Another scheme, Gifted, awards €50,000 every year to organisations that Diageo employees volunteer with. A third programme, Double Your Fundraising, supports employee fundraising by matching the funds raised by staff through their own fundraising activities.

Vivartes, a company based in Kilkenny, was a recipient of funding. The company has developed software for use in care environments such as hospitals and nursing homes. The software allows those in care keep in touch with family and friends and the outside world. Vivartes was awarded €100,000 in 2011 as part of the Arthur Guinness Fund.

Down Syndrome Ireland in Kilkenny was awarded €1,000 as part of the Gifted programme. The Gifted donations are made to charities and groups that local Diageo employees volunteer with.

A Double Your Fundraising initiative run by Diageo which doubles the money raised by employees for good causes saw Kilkenny workers contribute over €7,000. Employees at the St Francis Abbey Brewery raised €7,470 and this was doubled to bring the amount up to €14,940.

Operations manager at St Francis Abbey Brewery, Ian Hamilton, promised that Diageo would continue to contribute to good causes. “2011 has again been a tough one for community organisations. For this reason, we are especially happy to have been able to help local charities and groups in County Kilkenny,” he said.

“Diageo has been delighted to support local community groups, charities and social entrepreneurs in Kilkenny this year. And we have been proud to support the volunteering efforts of employees at the St Francis Abbey Brewery by matching the €7,470 they raised during 2011. I would like to congratulate the efforts of all the team both raising these funds and in nominating local groups for support from Diageo.

“Diageo is strongly committed to supporting local groups in the community. The support schemes that have benefited Kilkenny and the South East – the Arthur Guinness Fund, Gifted and Double Your Fundraising – will run again in 2012.”