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UL Christmas Giving Initiative Established

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
UL President Dr Des Fitzgerald with Terry Ring, Clionas Foundation and Yvonne Cook, Treasurer, Limerick Suicide Watch at the presentation to the selected charities at the Millstream Building, University of Limerick
Tue, 19 Dec 2017

UL President Dr Des Fitzgerald has established a new Christmas giving tradition at the University of Limerick inviting members of the staff and student community to nominate local charities to be in receipt of a Christmas donation by the University.

The 20 most proposed charities today received cheques for €1,000 each at a UL Christmas Community Celebration with funding provided by the University and the UL Foundation. 

Speaking about the initiative Dr Fitzgerald said: “Christmas is a particularly demanding time for many charities, as they are often the only lifeline for projects such as those supporting the elderly and the homeless and the demands can be even greater at this time of year.  We were heartened to receive a large number of nominations from the campus community. In total, over 300 of our community submitted nominations for 53 charities.”

“It is my hope that for Christmas 2018, we will extend the voting to our Alumni as well, so that we may involve them in this outreach initiative and also support projects in which our alumni are active,” continued Dr Fitzgerald.

Recipients of the UL Christmas Community Celebration Grants

ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services
Barnardo’s Limerick
Childline Limerick                                                          
Children’s Grief Centre                                                
Cliona’s Foundation                                                      
Doras Luimni                                                                    
Down Syndrome Limerick                                           
Enable Ireland                                                                  
Irish Seed Savers                                                             
Limerick Animal Welfare                                            
Limerick Gateway to Education                
Limerick Suicide Watch                                
Milford Care Centre                                                      
Ozanam House, SVP                                                                      
Peter McVerry Trust                                                      
Rape Crisis Mid-West                                                   
Sing out with Strings                                                     
St Gabriel’s Centre                                                         

The grant cheques were presented to the charities at a UL Christmas Community Celebration to which the entire community was invited.