The Council & Democracy

HUG’s in May from the staff at Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

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Monday, May 21, 2018
dlr County
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Staff of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, established through Workplace Partnership, a Staff charity initiative named “HUG” (Hope U Give).  The concept continues to remain simple, Council Staff members and retired members make voluntary contributions into the HUG fund which is then redistributed by way of donations to charitable causes as identified by its members.

This year the Red Door School in Monkstown was selected in the local category, on receiving the cheque on May 16th for €15,000 presented by HUG member Tom Byrne, the principal, Aedine Wall said:

“On behalf of The Red Door School Community I would like to sincerely thank all of the staff from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council who generously contribute from their salaries & wages towards the HUG fund, which supports much needed charities such as our own. We would also like to thank the HUG committee for selecting our school to be the beneficiaries of this year’s local grant”

The Red Door School is a school providing for the education of children with Autism and complex needs in Monkstown. They rely heavily on generous fundraising to support their school and to ensure their pupils have access to the necessary resources to have an enjoyable and rewarding educational experience. Throughout the process they worked with dlr HUG members Tom Byrne, Betty Wogan, Marian Coyle and John Murphy to develop a Garden Project which will create a more exciting and secure playground for the pupils to play in each day. This will make such a difference for their pupils who will love spending time in the garden playground. The Principal would also like to acknowledge Murphy’s Playground who not only will be completing this project but who have also kindly donated additional equipment.

The Principal and her team will be so excited to see the completed project and they look forward to welcoming the HUG committee back in the summer to unveil the completed project!

John Murphy, Chair of the HUG committee said:

"HUG within dlr is less than 7 years in operation and its clear that from the smallest of gifts a huge change can be made to the lives of others, especially when many of us participate in the giving. This continues to be a fantastic project to be involved in, dlr Hug members are all very proud of the fact that 100% of all the money raised is given out in donations, and over €105,000 has been awarded since 2011”

In these difficult times, the HUG fund continues to recognise that charities are responding to an increased demand for their services while struggling with reduced funding.

Staff of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Council who are HUG members are delighted to play such a positive part in supporting the excellent work of selected charities.

Our HUG motto is so simple and yet clearly reflects what we do:

“We make a living by what we get, however we make a life by what we give.”