|24 May 2021
|Charity Sector News
For the third year running, specialist insurer Ecclesiastical is giving away over €1,000,000 (£1 million equivalent) to charities with the return of its Movement for Good awards.
From today, people can nominate a cause close to their hearts for a potential €1,000 award to help make a difference. Last year an incredible 253,000 people submitted a nomination for their favourite charity.
This year, 500 charities will each receive €1,000 during the first phase of the campaign. A second phase of giving will happen later this summer.
Since the initiative began, the Movement for Good awards have given over €2 million to good causes across Ireland and the UK. Samaritans of Ennis and Clare, Down Syndrome Ireland, CanTeen Ireland, Camara Education, Breakthrough Cancer Research and Galway Cat Rescue were amongst the beneficiaries to receive a €1,000 award in Ireland in 2020, following overwhelming public support.
The nomination process is open until 13 June. Winners will be drawn at random so the more times a charity is nominated the more chance it has of being selected.
It’s quick and easy to nominate, you can vote for your favourite charity online at: www.ecclesiastical.ie/
A representative from Down Syndrome Ireland said:
“We are really grateful to everyone who nominated us last year. The ongoing Covid-19 crisis has adversely affected many charities across the country. For us, many vital face-to-face services were particularly affected, so we had to adapt.
“Our support services and programmes for children and adults with Down syndrome and their families are now being provided online through a variety of digital platforms e.g. Parent & Toddler Groups with our Early Years Specialist via Zoom. The Movement for Good award went towards funding the continuation and improvement of these vital online services and has helped countless people with Down syndrome in the country.”
David Lane, Managing Director of Ecclesiastical in Ireland, said:
“We’re delighted to announce the launch of Ecclesiastical’s Movement for Good awards for the third year running. Our Movement for Good awards will continue to help charities at a time when they need it most and we know that for many charities, €1,000 can make a real difference.
“We were thrilled to receive so many nominations from the public last year and this year we are encouraging even more people to nominate a good cause.
“Ecclesiastical is a unique financial services group. We are owned by a charity, which means all available profits can be given to the good causes that are so important to our customers. As a company whose purpose is to contribute to the greater good of society, charitable giving is at the heart of our business.”