Main Picture: Back row-Carmel Doyle of Jack and Jill Foundation, Aoife O'Toole of Dara Residential Services and Helen O'Connor of Irish Wheelchair Association Clane Branch. Front row-Patricia and Fergus Mulhall with Nathan Coffey Keogh and Gary Keogh of Midlands Down Syndrome
12 Kildare charities have benefited from Aldi’s Community Grants Programme in the last 12 months.
A total of €6,500 has been donated to support local charities providing vital services throughout the Co. Kildare community through the programme.
Irish Wheelchair Association – Athy Branch, Irish Wheelchair Association – Clane Branch, Society of Saint Vincent De Paul, Jack and Jill Foundation (nominated by two stores), Dara Residential Services, Midlands Down Syndrome Centre, CMRF Crumlin, Barretstown, KWWSPCA, Peter McVerry Trust, Irish Cancer Society and Bumbleance each received a bursary, donated by one of Aldi’s eight Kildare stores and Naas Distribution Centre.
Now in its third year, hundreds of charities nationwide have been supported by Aldi’s Community Grants Programme, with over €200,000 donated.
The initiative provides each Aldi employee with the opportunity to nominate a charity, community group or not-for-profit organisation within their local community for support. Nominated charities are assessed according to a defined selection criteria, with the organisation deemed the most worthwhile receiving a €500 donation from Aldi. Each of Aldi’s 137 stores nationwide allocates a bursary.
Commenting, John Curtin, Group Buying Director, Aldi Ireland, said: “Each of the charities supported by our Community Grants Programme does tremendous work within their local community. They are often staffed by volunteers, who give up their time to provide vital services to those in need, free of charge.”
“Supporting the local communities our stores serve is something that we truly believe in and we are happy to have contributed to so many local causes in the last 12 months. Selecting the charities to support is driven by our store staff, they know the local charities and it allows them to give something back to the communities they serve.”
Aldi’s eight Kildare stores are deeply involved in the local community. Through its partnership with FoodCloud, its Kildare stores have donated almost 50,000 meals to local charities to date, while as Foróige’s lead sponsor since 2015 it has helped support initiatives including the Aldi Foróige Youth Citizenship Awards and the Aldi Foróige Junior Baking Competition.