Today, Wednesday 23rd May, former Irish International footballer, Niall Quinn travelled to the Capuchin Day Centre on Dublin Bus to launch the 9th year of the company’s programme which awards grants to voluntary groups across Dublin. Since 2003, Dublin Bus has helped over 1,300 community and voluntary groups located across its network.
Niall Quinn, who has been patron of the programme since 2003, also unveiled the new identity for the programme; the Dublin Bus Community Spirit Awards.
This year, Niall Quinn has generously donated €5,000 to the Community Spirit Awards fund. To celebrate this generosity and launch this year’s awards, Dublin Bus has chosen one charity to receive this donation – The Capuchin Day Centre.
Dublin Bus has awarded this donation to the Capuchin Day Centre in recognition of the invaluable service provided by them for homeless and marginalised people in Dublin. Each day food, shelter and support is provided by Brother Kevin Crowley and the dedicated staff and volunteers at the centre. In these times of economic uncertainty, the services provided by the Capuchin Day Centre and the tireless work that Brother Kevin undertakes on a daily basis are more important than ever.
Commenting on his role as patron of the programme, Niall Quinn said, “This is my ninth year as patron and I have seen first hand the difference these grants can make to local community groups and I want to encourage every voluntary group in the Greater Dublin Area to fill out an application form and get their entry into Dublin Bus.”
If you are involved in a community or voluntary group which is raising community spirit in your area Dublin Bus could help you too.
To apply see Dublin Bus Community Spirit Awards.
Closing date for applications is 6th July 2012.
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