First published: 2014-12-16 15:49:17
‘Dine and Give’ is a new and innovative fundraising programme run in association with local restaurants, The Restaurants Association of Ireland and Drogheda Homeless Aid.
Here’s how it works: Diners who eat in participating restaurants will have the option of leaving a small donation to cover the price of a hot meal to a homeless person when they pay their bill at the end of their meal. There will be small information tent cards explaining the work that Drogheda Homeless Aid does left on each table. These will contain envelopes in which diners can deposit a donation at their own discretion.
One hundred percent of these donations go towards the food budget of Drogheda Homeless Aid which provides over 14,600 meals to homeless individuals as well as people suffering from poverty in the community each year.
For the first appeal, which took place from the 18th to 21st of December 2014, this simple but effective initiative raised a total of €930.
Drogheda Homeless Aid are extremely appreciative of the participation of the following restaurants in the ‘Dine And Give’ Initiative as well as Restaurant’s Association of Ireland who have kindly endorsed the initiative.
Austin Campbell and Pat Cunningham of Drogheda Homeless Aid with the cheque representing donations received from 2014
Drogheda Homeless Aid Chairman, Paul Murphy, said: “Drogheda Homeless Aid is doing everything possible to provide support to vulnerable people living in the community to prevent them from becoming homeless in the first place. One of the ways we do this is through providing nutritious daily meals and weekly food parcels for only €1 to people living in poverty in the community. DHA could not do this without the continued financial support of the local community and are thankful to participating restaurants and their diners for ensuring this service can continue into the future.”
‘Dine and Give’ founder Austin Campbell is thankful for the generosity of diners and participating restaurants: “The four short days of the campaign shows how much can be achieved when we work together as a community. Every restaurant and every diner contributed to making ‘Dine and Give’ a great community initiative, bringing change to the lives of those less fortunate. We should be proud of our local businesses for reaching out and supporting local charity and I would call on all local ‘foodies’ to do likewise and give their support to the towns restaurants. Together as a community we can grow stronger and move towards brighter horizons in 2015.”
Adrian Cummins, CEO of Restaurants Association of Ireland, who kindly endorsed the initiative added: “Restaurants Association of Ireland are delighted to endorse the ‘Dine and Give’ campaign. As with our own benevolent fund we are always looking for ways to help those who have fallen on hard times and this campaign proved an opportunity for us to do so. We would like to congratulate our member restaurants for taking part in the initiative and call on them to do so once again in 2015”.
This is what Sian Power, Director of Operations at Relish Café’s had to say: “Dine and Give is such a wonderful way for us and for our customers to come together and help out. Together we can affect the lives of those living in crisis and that has to be worthwhile. Our customers have been so generous and care about their community. It would be wonderful to see the industry get behind this initiative and make an even bigger impact on the community in 2015”.
We plan to run ‘Dine and Give’ for the full month of December in 2015.