Charity of the Year
The Tesco Ireland Charity of the Year gives our staff and customers the chance to pool their strengths and support a cause that is close to their hearts.
We are now taking applications our Charity of the Year partnership 2014. Click to download form.
In 2012, the funds raised by Tesco will help to support and educate teenagers via a free secondary schools awareness programme Beat the Blues.
Beat the Blues is an interactive workshop delivered to transition year and leaving cert students. It is offered free of charge to every secondary school in Ireland. The workshop addresses topics such as how to recognise symptoms of depression; myths around depression, and, in particular, how to get help. Aware’s aim, with the help of Tesco and its customers, is to deliver this programme to 90% of secondary schools by the end of its current strategic plan in 2014.
In 2013, Tesco will help to support adults with mild to moderate depression via a new Living Life to the Full, a free six week programme based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
During year two of the Tesco/Aware partnership there will be a change of focus towards assisting adults with mild to moderate depression via the Aware Living Life to the Full programme. This is a six-week programme which teaches skills to manage depression and minimise its impact, based on the principles of CBT. Coinciding with the rollout of this programme will be an online version.
Commenting on Aware being chosen as Charity of the Year, David Carton, Chairman of Aware describes the partnership with Tesco Ireland as a very important one for the organisation. "Beat the Blues helps our young people to identify sources of support so that if depression is, or becomes, a factor for them or someone they love, they know where to turn for help. Early intervention and ongoing support are key to recovery, and we need to ensure people learn this at a young age. We are so pleased that Tesco Ireland and their staff throughout the country have committed to helping Aware ensure this free programme is delivered to even more students nationwide in 2012. And it is fantastic too that we will have their support for the rollout of our new Life Skills programme next year."
For more information:
The Aware website www.aware.ie contains information on depression along with self-help tips. You will also find useful literature which is available to download. Email support - firstname.lastname@example.org Aware loCall helpline - 1890 303 302
Charity of the Year 2001-2011
We started Charity of the Year in 2001 and, to date, through the generosity and fund raising of Tesco staff, customers and their local communities, Tesco Charity of the Year has raised over €10.5 million for good causes and charities in Ireland.Back to top
Some of the ways Tesco Charity of the Year has helped:
Irish Cancer Society €1.9 million
The most recent Tesco Charity of the Year partnership with the Irish Cancer Society in 2010 and 2011 saw Tesco raise over €1.9 million. The funds raised were used to fund the roll out of the Society’s "Care to Drive" scheme, a volunteer based transport programme for those living with cancer in Ireland, to an additional 12 locations nationwide. Operated by the Irish Cancer Society in partnership with the Social Work Department at St. Vincent’s University Hospital the scheme was initially launched as a pilot volunteer transportation service in June 2008. Carefully selected and trained volunteers collect the patients from their homes and drive them to their appointments and back to their homes following these appointments.
Transport to and from treatment can cause undue stress to cancer patients and their families.
The Care to Drive service, which has had an enormous uptake, can help alleviate some of the
stress associated with travelling to appointments. We truly appreciate all of the great work
that Tesco has put into the Charity of the Year Partnership.
- John McCormack, CEO of the Irish Cancer Society
Make-a-Wish Foundation Ireland €2 million
The Tesco Charity of the Year partnership with the Make-a-Wish Foundation in 2008 and 2009 raised €2 million and helped the charity grant hundreds of amazing wishes for children living with life threatening medical conditions in Ireland. Make-A-Wish Ireland will continue to grant wishes for brave children throughout Ireland with the help of Tesco Ireland’s funding.
In keeping with the make a wish theme, Tesco Ireland together with the Make-A-Wish Foundation set a new World Record on Guinness World Records Day 2008, by successful lighting of 26,978 LED tea-light on a purpose built 37ft floor image of Disney character Donald Duck, making it the largest flaming image using LED tea-lights ever recorded at the time.Back to top
Temple Street Childrens University Hospital €1.45 million
Nearly €1.45 million was raised during the 2007 Tesco Ireland Charity of the Year Programme for Temple Street Children’s University Hospital, with all funds going towards the redevelopment of the St Michael’s ’B’ Ward at Temple Street Children’s Hospital. This ward cares for neo-natal patients, premature babies, and babies and infants under 18 months. The infants may have long-term debilitating illnesses or need surgery and emergency medical care. Staff across all our Tesco Ireland stores took part in a number of innovative fundraising initiatives on behalf of Temple Street Children’s University Hospital.
Thanks to the overwhelming support we have been shown by all of the Tesco staff and customers,
our neo-natal ward will be totally re-developed, creating a lasting legacy for the children of Ireland.
- Denise Fitzgerald, CEO, The Fundraising Office, Temple Street Children’s