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.
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 they provide 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.
Since 2003, Dublin Bus’ awards have helped over 1,300 community and voluntary groups located across its network. Successful applicants over the years include Draíocht, Ringsend’s Collide Dance Academy, Fettercairn Youth Horse Project, the Sunshine House in Balbriggan and Santry Active Retirement Association.
Commenting on the award Draíocht received last year, Sarah Beirne, Children and Youth Arts Co-ordinator at Draíocht, said; “We applied for funding for CREATEAbility. These are a series of bi-monthly arts workshops aimed at families with a child with an intellectual disability between the ages of 8-13 years. The Dublin Bus Award enabled us to develop CREATEability into a longer-term project, giving the participants the time they needed to get to know us and our building and feel that they belong there.”
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.”