Waterford autism group awarded €500 by local Aldi staff

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Waterford autism group awarded €500 by local Aldi staff

Waterford autism group awarded €500 by local Aldi staff

Aldi has announced that Waterford Autism Social & Sports Action (WASSA) is the latest organisation to benefit from Aldi’s Community Grants programme. 

Aldi’s The Glen store staff have awarded WASSA a €500 grant in recognition of its tremendous work within the local community and to help support its vital services.

The €500 grant was presented to Siobhan Walsh and Bernie Murphy from WASSA by Lucija Kondrat, Aldi’s The Glen store 'Charity Champion.'

Now in its third year, hundreds of charities have been supported by the programme to date with over €200,000 donated by Aldi.

Commenting, John Curtin, Group Buying Director, Aldi Ireland, said: “We are delighted our The Glen store employees have chosen to support Waterford Autism Social & Sports Action. Its work in supporting autistic children and their families in the local community is essential.”

“Supporting the local communities our stores serve is something that we truly believe in. Through our Community Grants programme and partnerships with both FoodCloud and youth organisation Foróige, we have been able to directly help many of the worthwhile charities and organisations making a huge difference to County Waterford.”

Operating five stores in Waterford, Aldi is deeply involved in the local community. Through its partnership with FoodCloud, its Waterford stores have donated over 60,000 meals to local charities to date, while as Foróige’s lead sponsor since 2015 it has helped support initiatives including the Aldi Foróige Youth Citizenship Awards and the Aldi Foróige Junior Baking Competition.

Aldi’s Community Grants Programme provides each Aldi employee with the opportunity to nominate a charity, community group or not-for-profit organisation within their local community for support. Nominated charities are assessed according to a defined selection criteria, with the organisation deemed the most worthwhile receiving a €500 donation from Aldi. 

Each of Aldi’s 137 Irish stores and two Regional Distribution Centres have been allocated an individual annual bursary fund and a “Charity Champion” assigned to co-ordinate the programme.