The votes for the three daa Staff Charities for 2017, from both the online and paper ballots, have been tallied and finalised. Over 600 staff took part in the vote for the 2017 Staff Charities.
In order of votes received, the new daa charities for next year are Merchant Quay Ireland, championed by Stephen Dempsey and Martin Mulligan, T1 ASU, My Canine Companion, championed by Carmel Darling, T1 Cleaning and MS Ireland, championed by Des Mullally, ARI.
Merchants Quay Ireland is the largest non-profit drug service provider in Ireland. A national voluntary organisation founded by the Franciscans in 1969, Merchants Quay provides a range of care and treatment services for homeless men and women and for drug users.
The charity’s mission is to provide the steppingstones for every point of a man’s or woman’s journey out of homelessness and addiction, and toward a drug free life, from a cup of tea and a hot meal, to needle exchange services aimed at reducing harm related to drug use, to help with housing and employment, to detox and drug free rehab services, settlement and aftercare support.
My Canine Companion trains dogs to assist children and young adults living with autism. The charity is committed to helping children with autism and their families gain independence, companionship and safety through the provision of highly trained and skilled Service Dogs.
The organisation’s Service Dogs are fully trained to the standard of Assistance Dogs Europe. Each Service Dog costs the charity just over €10,000 to train. The period of training covers the two years from birth right through to graduation as a Service Dog.
Multiple Sclerosis Ireland is chiefly a services driven organisation, focused on providing timely, person-centred services that create independence and choice for person with MS and their family. MS Ireland is the only national organisation providing information, support and advocacy services to the MS community.
The charity works with people with MS, their families and carers and a range of key stakeholders including health professionals, students and other interested in or concerned about MS to ensure that it meets its goals.
The Charity Committee would like to thank all staff who voted and looks forward to working with the new daa staff charities in 2017.