Businesses Raise €33,000 For Two Charities

Dublin Chamber of Commerce, the organisation which represents businesses in the Dublin region,  announced that it has raised over €33,000 for charity.

The proceeds, raised over the past 12 months, will be split between the Chamber’s two chosen charities for 2016 – the Peter McVerry Trust, set up to provide services to homeless people in Dublin, and Epilepsy Ireland, which supports and represents people with epilepsy.

The Chamber has undertaken a number of fundraising initiatives over the past year, culminating in a 700-person Christmas lunch in early December.

Other initiatives during 2016 have included a golf day, an auction and a special charity cycle, which saw a group of 30 Irish business people, led by former Dublin Chamber of Commerce President Greg Clarke, complete a five-day 600km cycle between Granada and Seville in southern Spain.

According to Mary Rose Burke, CEO of Dublin Chamber: “We are delighted to support two charities which are doing very valuable work in their particular areas. Homelessness is one of the biggest social issues in Ireland today. As a Chamber, and as a business community, it is important that we play our part in addressing the crisis. Charities such as the Peter McVerry Trust do fantastic work in providing services for those who find themselves homeless. This is the second year running that we have had the Peter McVerry Trust as one of our charity partners and we are very proud to support their efforts.”

Ms Burke added: “Similarly, Epilepsy Ireland provide a fantastic support for the 37,000 people in Ireland who suffer with epilepsy. We hope that the money we have raised will go some way to allowing them to continue the essential services they provide throughout the country. We intend to continue to support Irish charities in 2017 and assist more worthy charities in providing valuable services for people in need.”

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