First published: 2016-01-22 18:37:02
Andrea of Relish Café, Highlanes presents Austin Campbell and Maureen Ward of DHA with a cheque for €3,150 raised in the ‘Dine and Give’ campaign.
There’s a lot more to Drogheda’s best restaurants than delicious food and good service if the success of Drogheda Homeless Aid’s second ‘Dine and Give’ campaign is anything to go by.
The concept was simple; participating restaurants displayed information cards on tables describing the work the charity does and diners were asked to leave a small donation to help towards the costs of delivering front line services to people experiencing homelessness in the community.
Donations were collected by servers at the end of each sitting and 100% of donations were given to the charity at the end of the month long campaign. In its second year this simple but effective fund raiser struck a chord with Drogheda’s diners and raised a total of €3,150 thanks to the kind participation of Relish Café (Highlanes, Southgate and Bettystown), Eastern Seaboard, Burkes Family Restaurant, Barefood Company, Stockwell Artisan and D’Vine.
Speaking about the appeal which was organised by the Restaurant’s Association of Ireland, local restaurants and Drogheda Homeless Aid and took place for the month of December 2015, Drogheda Homeless Aid Manager Maureen Ward 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. 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 month long 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 2016.”
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 2016”.
This is what Denise Walsh, Director of Operations at Relish Café’s said:
“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 2016”.
The country’s homeless situation has spiralled out of control recently and the number of people living in vulnerable and chaotic situations has grown substantially. All funds raised from ‘Dine and Give’ initiative will go towards front line services Drogheda Homeless Aid provides to those living in poverty in the community as well as hostel residents.
Drogheda Homeless Aid plan to run ‘Dine and Give’ once again for the full month of December in 2016.
If you are hungry for more information on this or other initiatives organised by DHA please check out www.dha.ie or contact Austin on firstname.lastname@example.org