MAYOR of Limerick, Cllr Jim Long, has managed to secure an impressive €25,000 in sponsorship deals, a move which ensures some of the poorest people in the city will have a warm Christmas.
The number of people seeking a bag of coal from the Mayor’s annual Christmas fund has risen to almost 1,000 people.
Through the annual Mayor’s Fuel Fund, Cllr Jim Long has confirmed that almost 1,000 people across the city are going to benefit from a free bag of coal this Christmas - a 25 per cent rise year-on-year.
And there is more good news: more than €7,000 in surplus funding will be donated to local charities, the Mayor confirmed.
Local business people have given thousands of euro in funding to help those in the city suffering from fuel poverty, with donations ranging from €100 up to €7,000.
“We get sponsorship in, which allows us to advertise for the less well off and poor people to make an application to the Mayor’s office for a free bag of coal for Christmas,” explained Mayor Long, “We have exceeded our usual quota. We will be giving out more than 900 bags of coal and combining it with a monetary donation to the community.”
The bags of coal will be delivered between December 16 and December 20.