IN RESPONSE to a national appeal for €1.2m in funding to save Childline’s services, a Limerick company has made a generous donation of €20,000.
Leading Limerick engineering services firm Kirby Group, which is celebrating 50 years in business this year, made the donation to the children’s charity, which appealed for funds to save their night-time phone service from closing.
“We want to thank Kirby Group for their incredibly generous gift of €20,000 to Childline. It will be a life-changing gift for many children and we are truly grateful for your support,” said Caroline O’Sullivan, interim chief executive of Childline.
Fergus Frawley, managing director of the Kirby Group, said community engagement was “very important to the company and that is why we’re very proud to support such an important national organization especially given their emergency call for assistance.
“We hope that this donation will go some way towards helping Childline keep their extremely valuable service operating on a 24 hour a day basis given that most of the serious calls for help come during the early hours of the morning when vulnerable children are most at risk,” said Mr Frawley.
The firm was founded in Limerick in 1964 and has become one of the major players in the Irish construction industry. Kirby has substantial operations in Limerick, Galway, Dublin as well as the UK and Europe, and employs over 600 people.
To support the Childline Emergency Appeal, text ‘CHILDLINE’ to 57911 to donate €4.
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