Lord Mayor Chu and Diageo Supporting Dublin Volunteer Centre
The Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu and Diageo have come together to support the Dublin City Volunteer Centre with their Together for Christmas campaign.
Due to COVID 19, the Lord Mayor of Dublin has been unable to host visitors at the Mansion House but together with Diageo it was agreed that in lieu of the kegs that are normally provided, Diageo would make an in-kind donation of Christmas gift boxes to Dublin City Volunteer Centre in support of their Christmas campaign. Two hundred gift boxes to the value of €10,000 containing personal care items will be given to residents of the Iveagh Trust Men’s Hostel, and women living in refuges and direct provision this Christmas.
Speaking about the joint initiative, the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Hazel Chu, said: “This year has been difficult for so many people and I am actively supporting charities and communities providing essential and much needed services. When I heard about Together for Christmas and what was needed, I reached out to Diageo to see if they could make a donation in-kind to support it and they happily agreed.”
Speaking about the campaign, Dublin City Volunteer Centre’s Edwina Dewart said: “We’re so grateful to the Lord Mayor and Diageo for their support on the Together for Christmas campaign. Our target, based on identified needs, is close to 800 vulnerable people and the personal care sets makes such a difference and affords people a little dignity. We would like to say thank you for partnering with us this Christmas. Your support really does make a difference.”
Diageo’s Corporate Relations Director, Liam Reid, said: “We are delighted to support the work of Dublin City Volunteer Centre on their Together for Christmas campaign, and want to thank the Lord Mayor for getting us involved in this fantastic initiative to provide 200 gift boxes to some of the most vulnerable groups, including asylum seekers, homeless people living in hostels, and families in refuges. Many parts of our business have a long tradition of donating Christmas gift boxes to vulnerable members of society and we’re pleased to be able to continue that tradition this year.”