Hi, my name is Ray Coyne, CEO of Dublin Bus. Here you will find updates on some of our business activity and other areas that may be of interest. So what better place to start than with all of the communities we serve.
Last week the patron of our Community Spirit Initiative, Niall Quinn launched this year’s Community Spirit Awards. These awards are particularly close to my heart as they recognise the great work that local charities, sports clubs and voluntary organisations do in their community.
As someone who is actively involved in coaching youth football I have seen first-hand how difficult it can be to run any sort of community service without much needed funds, be it a set of jerseys for a team or supporting a children’s afterschool education programme. I am also proud to work in an organisation with so many employees who do volunteer work in their own communities on their own time.
Here at Dublin Bus we support this activity by easing some of this financial burden with our Community Spirit awards. We are delighted that our unclaimed passenger change supports the communities and customers we serve on a daily basis. The Awards provide voluntary groups throughout Dublin with financial support to develop new projects, grow services and help raise community spirit in their local area. We are extremely proud of our community work and to date we have supported over 1,500 voluntary and community groups.
Any voluntary group located within our bus network across the Greater Dublin Area is eligible to apply for a grant of €1,000, €2,000 or €5,000. So if your community is served by one of our bus routes then you could be one of our lucky winners for 2016.
Last year we had 85 excellent winners and this year it could be you. Applications for 2016 opened Tuesday 17 May and all information can be found here.
I’ve seen some extremely worthy winners over the years and their passion and determination is great to see. Winners like Daisyhouse Housing Association, who provide temporary accommodation for women affected by homelessness. Our grant helped provide residents with access to a gym; helping them keep fit, healthy and empowering them to move forward in their lives. Find out more about past winners.
This is an initiative that I am extremely proud to be a part of and I am calling on all of you to apply now and help us give your community a helping hand. These awards are a small recognition from us to thank you for supporting your community.
And finally, to every volunteer, well done. Your work does not go unnoticed.