RECENTLY, Cashel, Nenagh and Thurles Tesco’s staff and customers showed their support when they took part in the ‘National Bag Pack’ and together raised nearly €2,500 in aid of Tesco’s Charity of the Year, the Irish Cancer Society. Funds raised from the bag pack will go towards the national rollout of ‘Care to Drive’, a volunteer driving service for cancer patients.
Commenting on the event, John McCormack, CEO, Irish Cancer Society said “Transport to and from treatment can cause undue stress to cancer patients and their families. Our Care to Drive service, which has had an enormous uptake in the counties where it is currently available, can help alleviate some of the stress associated with travelling to appointments.
Thanks to the tremendous efforts of the dedicated and hardworking team and staff of Tesco Cashel, Nenagh and Thurles, the funds raised through our charity partnership will allow us to further our services in Dublin and expand the Care to Drive service into the midlands, Kildare, Sligo and Letterkenny. Within the next year we hope to roll out the service to a further six hospitals across the country.”
Also commenting at the National Bag Pack, Tony Keohane, CEO Tesco Ireland, “Our partnership with the Irish Cancer Society through our Charity of the Year programme has been excellent and we were delighted to be able to offer our stores for the national bag pack as part of that partnership. The funds from the bag packs in Cashel, Nenagh and Thurles will go towards the continued roll out of the Care to Drive scheme at locations nationwide. At Tesco Ireland our philosophy is that “Every Little Helps” and we are thrilled to be able to contribute towards the incredible work of the Irish Cancer Society.”
Cancer, its prevention, diagnosis and treatment are a major challenge for our society. Approximately 30,000 people will be diagnosed with cancer in Ireland in 2012 and cancer will affect one in three people in Ireland during their lifetime. It is estimated that by 2020 over 40,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed each year.
Since its introduction in 2001, the Tesco Charity of the Year campaign has raised over €8 million for various Irish charities. As part of their two year partnership with the Irish Cancer Society, Tesco hopes to raise €2 million for the Society.