The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP) has received a welcome boost for its Annual Appeal with an immediate €1 million donation from ESB.

ESB Donation

source – www.svp.ie

22 December 2010

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP) has received a welcome boost for its Annual Appeal with an immediate €1 million donation from ESB.

SVP National President, Mairead Bushnell said,

“We are delighted to accept this donation from ESB. It will help make a real and valuable difference to families and individuals who are struggling in these tough times. It will be used to provide much needed basics for families to help them get through Christmas and the remaining winter months.

“ESB has a long history of working with SVP with particular focus on helping and advising consumers on staying well and warm over the winter months. In this current cold spell, both organisations cannot over emphasize the need to stay warm and safe.

“This generous contribution reflects the great response from the public to our 2010 Annual Appeal. Calls for assistance to the SVP this year have increased nationally by 35% and in some regions, calls to regional offices are up 50%. In these circumstances we would encourage people to continue to make much needed donations, as there are so many people in need throughout the country”.

Speaking about ESB’s donation, Liam Molloy, General Manager, ESB Electric Ireland said,

“In view of the particularly challenging times that families and individuals are dealing with at the moment, ESB is making an immediate contribution of €1 million to St. Vincent de Paul’s Annual Appeal to help assist those in need. The current cold weather is placing extra stress on families, especially so close to Christmas, so we hope our contribution will provide some further relief to those most in need”.

St. Vincent de Paul is the largest direct non-profit charitable organisation in Ireland, giving hope to many individuals and families who are experiencing poverty, loneliness and despair in every local community throughout the country.

To make a donation please log onto www.svp.ie/appeal or give locally.