Thirteen Irish charities have received funding totalling almost e50,000 from the eBay Inc. Give Foundation. The cheques were presented to the charities at a ceremony at PayPal’s Dublin facility on Thursday, April 4, by Louise Phelan, Vice President of Global Operations for Europe and Gary Hagel, Senior Director, eBay Customer Experience, Europe.
Nominated by employees of eBay and PayPal during 2012, at their Blanchardstown and Dundalk offices, the Give Grants will help fund a number of projects, both in the Dublin and Louth areas and nationally. Examples of projects include funding for two patient beds with the North Louth Hospice, to assisting volunteer projects at the Drogheda Animal Rescue, to provide drama, music and art funding for the Tolka River Project and to help train guide dogs at Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.
“At PayPal we pride ourselves on being an organisation that gives back to our local communities,” said Louise Phelan.
“We are delighted to work with our employees to identify and assist these thirteen organisations, with whom they are closely involved through our GIVE teams and the eBay Foundation.
“These charities are carrying out hugely important work, and I hope that our contributions are beneficial in terms of helping them to continue their projects in local communities around Ireland.”
Gary Hagel, Senior Director, eBay Customer Experience, Europe also commented on Ireland’s impressive record of giving as a nation.
“every day people’s lives are transformed because of that charitable spirit,” said the Senior Director. “eBay also has a culture of giving, particularly in Ireland.
“Our employees are generous with their money and their time, and since 1998 our GIVE Foundation has contributed to local projects in the communities where we’re located.
“It’s another reason why we love doing business in Ireland. Our people here are fantastic in so many ways and this is just one more example of that.”
The 13 charities receiving Give grants are the Tolka River Project, who received €2000 to fund a drama, music and art programme that assists the recovery process through creation, expression and action.
Move4Parkinson received €5000 to develop a speech therapy based choir for People with Parkinson’s while Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland received €4,000 to train counsellors to support people with MS and their families.
The Irish Therapy Dogs received €2000 for the renewal and updating of volunteer team uniforms and Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind received €6,000 in funding to train dogs to assist families of children with autism.
Irish Sudden Infant Death Association received €3,500 to provide counselling, support and advice to families who have been bereaved, Drogheda Animal Rescue received €3,371 for a trap, neuter and release programme for cats in the Louth, Meath and North County Dublin area, Enable Ireland received €2,860 funding to provide access to communication technology for children with communication difficulties and visual and hearing impairments as well as physical or learning disabilities and Rape Crisis Centre received €5,000 to fund training for Helpline volunteers and to modernise computer systems.
5,000 euros went to Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland to provide new born screening for cystic fibrosis while Console received €4,000 in funding for the fitting and furnishing of child therapy and family rooms.
North Louth Hospice also received 4,060 to fund two new beds for patients.
And last but not least SOSAD Ireland received €2,500 to help pay for leaflets and brochures to promote SOSAD’s work.