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Simon wins national fundraising award

Simon wins national fundraising award

The Simon Communities of has won the 2009 ‘Fundraising Campaign of the Year Award’ at the recent National Fundraising .

The homelessness charity won the award for its work with CRH on the CRH Simon Safety Challenge. The CRH Safety Challenge is an all-island initiative which is based on an incentive scheme where the company provides a sum of money for every accident free quarter (3 months) achieved at any CRH company location across the island of Ireland.

The challenge raised €777,022 in 2008 and €842,355 in 2009.

Funding to Simon is allocated on a regional basis where individuals units of Simon are located. CRH locations which achieved a full accident-free year donated an additional 25% bonus payment on top of the four combined quarterly donations.

Simon Communities in Dublin, Dundalk, Cork, Galway, the South East, the Midlands, the Mid West, the Northwest and Simon Community Northern Ireland have all benefited from the Challenge to date.

Patrick Burke, CEO of the Simon Communities of Ireland, said: “As well as significantly improving the safety of their workplace, CRH staff are making a real difference to the lives of people who are experiencing homelessness”.

Mr Burke said it was particularly noteworthy in the current economic climate that CRH had set themselves even more ambitious targets for year three of the partnership.

Jim Rea, CRH Safety Challenge spokesperson, said one of the major challenges for their business is keeping the issue of health and safety front of mind for their employees and it is encouraging to see continuous improvements in this regard.

He added that they are firmly committed to demonstrating leadership in the national campaign to end homelessness and initiatives like the CRH Simon Safety Challenge have proven to be an excellent vehicle to move closer towards this ambitious goal.

Paul Artherton has a BA (Hons) Degree from Queen’s University and a MA Degree in Journalism from Pennsylvania State University. He has worked in PR and fundraising for over 27 years. Previously assistant director for fundraising and public relations at the Simon Community Northern Ireland for seven years, for the last 17 years he has run his own fundraising consultancy business specialising in fundraising, sponsorship, public relations and recruitment. His clients have included charities, private sector and public bodies. Examples include the Ulster Cancer Foundation, Simon Communities of Ireland, NI Hospice, North and West Belfast Health and Social Services Trust, Aiken Promotions, the Industrial Development Board and the Ulster Museum. He has lectured on voluntary sector management at Queens University Belfast Institute for Continuing Education. Since 2010 Paul has been a lay member of the NI Charity Tribunal.

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