American Ireland Fund has best fundraising year ever

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  19 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 4 July 2011 | News Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy Ireland American Ireland Fund has best fundraising year ever About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Despite the recession the American Ireland Fund had its best year in terms of fundraising last year, according to the organisation’s chief executive.The Fund raised $40 million which is a four-fold increase on the amount raised in 2009, Chief Executive Kieran McLoughlin told the Irish Times. The Funds raises its money through a number of high profile dinners and big gift donations.Mr McLaughlin commented that income for 2011 looked positive, with $20 million already raised to date.The Fund’s current campaign, Promising Ireland, aims to raise $100 million by December 2013. Mr McLoughlin said the fund had already raised $70 million towards this and the campaign had not even reached the half-way point yet.Mr McLoughlin said $50 million of the $70 million had been raised from donors, with the remaining $20 million raised from events and other activities. He said the fund raised $3 million in one night this year through its New York gala dinner event.Mr McLoughlin said the $40 million raised last year was distributed to 200 Irish charities. Charities in Ireland will hear soon about a new grants round which closed at the end of March.www.irlfunds.orglast_img read more

Saddle up for Limerick’s BeSPOKE Festival

first_imgThe Mayor of Limerick Kevin Sheahan and Ruth Herman, Wild Atlantic Sports, Kinsale at the launch of the BeSpoke festival. Pic Sean Curtin Fusionshooters. Print Advertisement Sean Putt, Trails Addict at the launch of the BeSpoke festival on the boardwalk, Howleys Quay, Limerick.Pic Sean Curtin Fusionshooters. Sean Putt, Trails Addict at the launch of the BeSpoke festival on the boardwalk, Howleys Quay, Limerick. WhatsApp Sean Putt, Trails Addict and Marty Mannering, Highnelly Bikes at the launch of the BeSpoke festival. Pic Sean Curtin Fusionshooters. Leanne O’Neill, The Mayor of Limerick Kevin Sheahan and Stephanie Schmid, Richmond Rugby Club at the launch of the BeSpoke festival on the boardwalk, Howleys Quay, Limerick. Pic Sean Curtin Fusionshooters. Facebook TAGSBeSpoke FestivalfeaturedlimerickLimerick City and County CouncilLimerick Smarter Travel Previous articleMrs Shakespeare looks back in anguishNext articleDruidShakespeare presents Henriad quartet John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads The Mayor of Limerick Kevin Sheahan (centre) with Peter Ward, Valerie Dunne, Lorraine Cliff, Lorraine Sheehan and John Halliwell, Cycle 4 Sick Children at the launch of the BeSpoke festival. Pic Sean Curtin Fusionshooters. Sean Putt, Trails Addict at the launch of the BeSpoke festival. Pic Sean Curtin Fusionshooters. NewsSaddle up for Limerick’s BeSPOKE FestivalBy John Keogh – June 11, 2015 1068 A SUMMER Solstice bike ride from Limerick City to Lough Gur; a family cycle along the banks of the River Shannon and a host of free fun bike events are among the highlights of this year’s BeSPOKE Cycling Festival, taking place throughout Limerick from June 13 to 21.The events begin this Saturday, June 13 with a BeSPOKE expo area on Bedford Row, where members of the public can receive a free bike health check while enjoying a wide range of on-street entertainment.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The festival’s flagship event, the BeSPOKE Riverside Family Cycle, takes place at 11am on Sunday, June 21 with a cycling tour of the city’s waterfront beginning and finishing at Howley’s Quay. This will be followed by a family fun day along the quayside with participants asked to come in fancy dress and to decorate their bikes.Sunday June 21 also offers a unique opportunity to experience the Summer Solstice in the magical surrounds of Lough Gur with participants departing Limerick city at 5am.Ahead of this, there will be bike repair workshops in Castletroy (June 12); Corbally (June 17) The Parkway Shopping Centre, Southill Area Centre and Richmond RFC (June 20) and a number of cycling inspired events across the city and county.There will be lots of fun for schools throughout 15-19 June with a Golden Bike competition and a school travel exhibition.Limerick Smarter Travel project manager, Pat O’Neill said that over the last few months they had rolled out the Limerick Public Bike Scheme and became the first Irish city to offer free access to secure bike lockers and bike stands while also making bike parking spaces available at multi-story car parks.“We’re also in the process of developing, maintaining and promoting new and existing recreational infrastructure and we’re confident that the huge line up of events for the BeSPOKE festival will help to increase the number of cyclists on our roads which is key to establishing Limerick as a successful Smarter Travel Demonstration City”, he said. Sean Putt, Trails Addict at the launch of the BeSpoke festival on the boardwalk, Howleys Quay. Pic Sean Curtin Fusionshooters.center_img Highlights of BeSPOKE 2015Friday, 12 JuneBike Repair Day – Public Park, Castletroy 5pm-7.30pmSaturday, 13 JuneBeSPOKE expo – Bedford Row, 10am-5pmSunday, 14 JuneGreat Southern Trail Cycle – Newcastle West, Abbeyfeale 11am20km cycleWednesday, 17 JuneBike Repair Evening- Shannon Fields, Corbally 5.30pm-7.30pmThursday, 18 JuneCycling Pursuit Challenge – Adare GAA field 11amSaturday 20 JuneBike Repair Day and Tool Drive- Southill Area Centre 12-3pmSunday, 21 JuneSummer Solstice Cycle 5am-8am, registration 4.45am Penney’s O’Connell StreetBeSPOKE Riverside Family Cycle –Howley’s Quay, 11amSaturday, 28 JuneAwareness Cycle and Rider Bike Repair – RAW Cycles, Delta Retail Park. Registration from 8amFor full details go to www.limericksmartertravel.ie Sean Putt, Trails Addict at the launch of the BeSpoke festival on the boardwalk, Howleys Quay, Limerick.Pic Sean Curtin Fusionshooters. Sean Putt, Trails Addict and Marty Mannering, Highnelly Bikes at the launch of the BeSpoke festival on the boardwalk, Howleys Quay. Pic Sean Curtin Fusionshooters. The judges, Sharon McMeel, Richard Lynch, Leah Melling and Marty Mannering, Highnelly Bikes at the launch of the BeSpoke festival. Pic Sean Curtin Fusionshooters. Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Bernard Boland, The Mayor of Limerick Kevin Sheahan and Cathal Dillon, Southill Mens Sheds at the launch of the BeSpoke festival. Pic Sean Curtin Fusionshooters. Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Email The Mayor of Limerick Kevin Sheahan and Marty Mannering, Highnelly Bikes at the launch of the BeSpoke festival. Pic Sean Curtin Fusionshooters. The Mayor of Limerick Kevin Sheahan with Brian O’Donnell, Anthony Murphy and Marion Conway, Team Adare Cycling at the launch of the BeSpoke festival on the boardwalk, Howleys Quay. Pic Sean Curtin Fusionshooters. Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Linkedin Sean Putt, Trails Addict and Marty Mannering, Highnelly Bikes at the launch of the BeSpoke festival. Pic Sean Curtin Fusionshooters. Twitter Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

Greggs launches national apprenticeship programme

first_imgGreggs has launched a national apprenticeship programme that it claims will help to fast-track its expansion plans.The Newcastle-based business has teamed up with Gateshead College to deliver the scheme. It will see 120 apprentices trained in retail service or management in eight locations – Tyne & Wear, County Durham, Norfolk, Bristol, London, Greater Manchester, Yorkshire and the Midlands.Apprentices on the retail service course will be trained in customer service, sales, equality and diversity, and workplace health and safety. They will also gain insight into Greggs’ business model and skills such as teamwork, problem-solving and presentation and interview techniques.Meanwhile, apprentices on the team leader course will learn additional skills in management, motivation and conflict resolution.Greggs said the scheme would help it develop a new pipeline of skills to support its future growth plans, which include the opening of more outlets in the south west of England and Northern Ireland.The company last week said it expected to open 140-150 shops and close 40-50 in its current financial year, a net increase of around 100. The company’s total sales have grown 7.8% in the year-to-date, with like-for-like sales up 3.9%.“We’re thrilled to be working in partnership with Gateshead College on this exciting project, which is a great way of bringing new skills and fresh ideas into our business. This unique, collaborative approach has created a training offer that has been designed specifically to support our business goals and future growth plans,” said Roisin Currie, people and retail director at Greggs.Gateshead College was selected for the scheme following a competitive tender process. Together, Greggs and the college will train apprentices to an industry-defined standard that replaces traditional qualification frameworks and requires staff to demonstrate specific skills, competencies and personal attributes when carrying out their day-to-day jobs.“Together with Greggs, we’ve developed a flexible, dynamic training solution that is tailored specifically to the needs of the business,” added Ivan Jepson, director of business development at Gateshead College.The food-to-go business said trading had benefited from investment in greater product availability and service, reporting total sales up 8.6% in the 13 weeks to 30 September. Like-for-like sales through company-managed shops rose 5% over the period.Greggs said investment in its supply chain was progressing, and that it was focusing on redeveloping its Leeds bakery to consolidate manufacturing of small cakes and muffins. The business is to trial a new supply chain system in two sites ahead of broader roll-out next year.last_img read more

Sea FM breakfast radio star snaps up Mermaid Beach house

first_imgDan at The Star Gold Coast in Broadbeach. Picture: Jerad WilliamsSEA FM breakfast radio star Dan Anstey and his partner Clare Dufty have splashed $850,000 on a property in Mermaid Beach.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe four-bedroom property features a pool and undercover entertaining area.Anstey posted a photo on Instagram in front of the sold sign with the caption “officially old”.He joins a few other media personalities in the area including Channel 9’s Eva Milic.It comes a week after the Bulletin reported on his co-host Heather Maltman snapping up a unit in Labrador.last_img