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Did You Know?... 19 January, 2021

By Maev Martin
Did You Know?... 19 January, 2021

Did you know?... PepsiCo Ireland announced that it has donated €35,000 to suicide prevention charity Pieta. Since 2006, the organisation has seen and helped over 58,000 people in suicidal distress or engaging in self-harm around the country. PepsiCo Ireland’s donation will help Pieta offer support to those in crisis all year round. PepsiCo Ireland said that its donation is a personal one, with employees around the country nominating the charity partner they wished to help the most. The donation is made possible after an unexpected year saw PepsiCo pivot and adapt its strategy – with the help and support of  Irish retailers, it said.Adam Smart, general manager, PepsiCo said: “It’s as a result of our strong relations with our retailers, that we are able to support our local communities and organisations, working together to support such an important cause." For more information or to donate, visit here.

Did you know?... The number of shoppers heading out to retail destinations across Britain fell by 10.9% in the week to 16 January, versus the previous week, due to the impact of national lockdowns to limit the spread of COVID-19, researcher Springboard said on Monday. On 4 January, British prime minister Boris Johnson ordered England into a new national lockdown to contain a surge in COVID-19 cases that threatens to overwhelm parts of the health system.

Did you know?... France is considering requiring rapid COVID-19 tests from Irish truck drivers operating on a logistics route that has become key since Britain's exit from the European Union, Transport Minister Eamon Ryan said on Sunday. Large numbers of Irish trucks have begun transporting goods via ferries to France in recent weeks to avoid delays in the more traditional route to continental Europe via Britain, which withdrew from EU trading rules on 1 January. The new measures would be targeted at a more infectious variant of the coronavirus first discovered in England but that has become widespread in Ireland.

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