Dunnes Stores' customers all over Ireland raised over €340,000 to support the work of the Irish Heart Foundation over Valentine’s weekend.
The retailer ran a four-day campaign to help the charity, whose fundraising efforts have been badly affected by the pandemic.
From Thursday, 11 February to Sunday, 14 February, Dunnes Stores customers across Ireland were invited to add an extra €2 to their shopping bills – donations which will go straight to the Irish Heart Foundation.
Campaign Raises Over €340,000
The campaign target was €150,000, but Dunnes Stores and their customers more than doubled it, raising over €340,000.
The campaign was supported by TV presenter and fashion designer Brendan Courtney, whose father died four years ago following a stroke.
In 2017, he took part in a documentary, ‘We need to talk about Dad’, examining the difficulty of organising care for his father, who was unable to look after himself.
“Stroke prevention and support are key parts of the Irish Heart Foundation’s strategy and this money will make an enormous, collective contribution to that vital work,” he said.
Tim Collins, CEO of the Irish Heart Foundation, said the charity is delighted with the fundraising success after partnering with Dunnes Stores as part of its ‘Show Some Heart’ campaign.
“We have been blown away by the support Dunnes Stores customers and staff across the country have shown us," he said. "Every year, thousands of people in Ireland are diagnosed with a heart condition or affected by stroke. Thanks to the generosity of Dunnes Stores and their customers, we can continue to be there to help and support people as they face a frightening new diagnosis."
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