Aldi Ireland has announced a three year partnership, worth a six figure sum, with leading youth organisation Foróige.
The Foróige Youth Citizenship Awards, in partnership with Aldi Ireland, will take place in Dublin’s RDS later in the year, and Seán Campbell of Foróige said today, “We are delighted that a company which is now part of so many communities nationally, is aligning itself with us and the work that we do around the country in our 611 clubs and 147 projects.”
Foróige is the leading youth organisation in Ireland. It works with 54,000 young people (aged 10 -18) and 5,500 volunteers each year, through a network of more than 611 youth clubs & cafés, 147 targeted projects, the Big Brother, Big Sister youth mentoring programme and national programmes such as Citizenship, Entrepreneurship and Leadership.
Aldi Ireland supports over 22,000 Irish food manufacturing jobs through long term relationships developed over fifteen years of operating in Ireland. Now located in 26 counties Aldi Ireland directly employs over 2,000 people.
Rob Farrell of Aldi Ireland said today, “We are looking forward to working with Foróige in the months and years ahead. Its underlying aim of building self esteem and confidence in young people through challenging experiences is something that we strongly believe in, and with our 113 stores nationwide we will be looking at ways we can support this very worthwhile organisation at a national level.”
The Foróige Youth Citizenship Programme is a youth development programme that empowers young people nationwide to use their skills, talents and attributes to make a positive difference to their community and society. Young people identify and undertake projects in their area and in the process learn that they can make the world a better place to live.
Since it was founded in 1952, many well-known names have been members of Foróige including Kian Egan of Westlife and The Voice of Ireland fame, 2fm DJ Paddy McKenna, celebrity chef Neven Maguire and musicians Ryan Sheridan and Daniel O’Donnell. Leinster Captain Jamie Heaslip joined members of Foróige to announce the partnership.
Jamie Heaslip said today, “It’s wonderful to see an organisation such as Foróige getting this significant support from Aldi. It’s an endorsement of all that the volunteers and young people achieve in every club and project up and down the country week in week out.”
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