Currys PC World hopes to raise € 170,000 for its charity partner My Canine Companion in Cork
Currys PC World has announced the Cork-based My Canine Companion charity as a charitable partner.
With the cost of training one dog running at € 10,000 each, the power distribution giant has pledged to raise at least € 170,000 over the next year to fund the training of 17 dogs – one dog for each of the 16 stores, plus one for curries. that is to say!
In addition to raising funds, they will also help to publicize the association.
Fundraising throughout the year will be a mix of in-store and internal initiatives, meaning customers and colleagues will have the chance to help raise essential funds for this fantastic charity. The first activity will see staff participate in the 100 km walk challenge.
Pauline Browne, Marketing Director at Currys PC World Ireland said: “As a dog lover, I am delighted that we have teamed up with the wonderful team of My Canine Companion. The work they do with the dogs and the service they provide to families across the country is invaluable.
“We have chosen to support My Canine Companion for a number of reasons. Firstly, it is a small Irish charity that provides real support to families in need. Second, our company sells many products that can help people with autism.
“And finally, the charity was voted on by the colleagues at Currys PC World Ireland. It was extremely important to us as we wanted to involve the whole team and make sure everyone supported the initiative. We can’t wait. to kick off the fundraiser and hope to reach the goal or maybe even exceed it with the help of our clients and colleagues!
My Canine Companion was created in 2011 by husband and wife team Cliona O’Rourke and Niall Ruddy. With humble beginnings from the couple’s home in Blarney, County Cork, the charity quickly grew to become the largest provider of assistance dogs to children and young adults with autism in Ireland. The organization is now headquartered in Blackpool, Cork and provides service nationwide.
Each year they provide over 60% of Irish assistance / assistance dogs to children with autism. The balance is provided by Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind (33%) and Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland (7%). The charity qualifies an average of 45 autistic assistance dog partnerships per year and currently has 275 working dog partnerships in Ireland.
Niall Ruddy, CEO of My Canine Companion, said: “We are delighted that Currys PC World has chosen us as a charitable partner. We look forward to working with colleagues at Currys PC World in all of their stores and online platforms to raise awareness about autism and the services we offer.
“The funds raised by Currys PC World will be essential to enable us to improve the lives of families living with autism as well as to help us expand our therapy services in schools.”
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